UK wine brands are majorly categorized as either English wine or Welsh wine, with reference to England or Wales as their particular birthplace. Generally observed as battling with an unhelpfully chilly atmosphere, the English and Welsh wine industries have been aided by the hotter British summers in recent times and it is predicted that the abnormal weather change may energize significant development in the future.
English wine has grown drastically in the recent past. According to the 2013 harvest statistics, UK has recorded the highest output so far – a sum of 33,384 hectolitres or about 4.5 million wine bottles.
The figures mirror a sound development in the UK wine industry, with the area under wine production multiplying in the previous seven years. Sparkling wine now represents around 66% of England’s aggregate production, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier combining to form almost half of late plantings.
It is worthy to note that wine from UK vintners is also enjoyed alongside other meals. The shining whites make an extraordinary accompaniment to canapés, cheddar, flame broiled fish, shellfish, and smoked salmon. The roses, both still and shimmering, run well with fruits of summer including strawberries. What’s more, the reds make fine associates for light meats.
Some top UK vintner companies include:
Camel Valley: This Cornish vineyard was started in 1989 by an ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his spouse Annie. The company’s sparkling wines have reliably won honours – its Cornwall Brut 2010 got a gold gong at the International Wine Challenge. Additionally, its Pinor Nor Brut 2010 won gold at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards. This UK vintner produces red, white, and rose types of wine.
Bolney Estate: The estate has an elaborate history with vines being cultivated on West Sussex bequest until the season of the Domesday Book. It was not until the mid-1970s that Juliet Linter purchased the estate and renovated it back to normal activities. Its Blanc de Blancs 2007 was awarded the Gold Outstanding decoration in the International Wine and Spirit Competition. The judges described it as an “unadulterated white mousse”. The UK-based wine company makes red, white, and rose wines, both sparkling and still.
Hush Heath: This UK vintner produces white and rose, both sparkling and still wines. The vineyard at this lodge in the Weald of Kent is devoted to the production of a rose wine known for its “world-beating quality”. Furthermore, its Balfour Brut Rose, which is produced using the great Champagne grape assortments of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, has deservedly won a number of honours.
Ridgeview Wine Estate: Established in East Sussex in 1994, Ridgeview is a family vineyard devoted to shimmering wines. Its Marksman 2009, a Chardonnay produced for M&S, won a gold award at the International Wine Challenge. It is best known for manufacturing shimmering wines for Waitrose and the UK Vintners Wine Society.
Nyetimber: Working from their homestead, Stuart and Sandy Moss started wine-production in 1988. The West Sussex home later became the first English vineyard to exclusively develop the grapes of the Champagne region – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The brand Nyetimber’s Blanc de Blancs 2007 won a Gold decoration at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.