The modern English wine industry is not a new one, it has been producing wine over the second half of the twentieth century. However, much of the historic focus was on Germanic grape varieties with unfamiliar names and small, amateurish vineyards. Over the last five to ten years the industry has seen a very new trend: sparkling wine made with the traditional method and traditional varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, proven round the world to produce a wine with a high degree of finesse. This trend is coupled with the ideal growing conditions for these varieties in South East England to produce flavourful grapes for sparkling wine: comprised of the chalky soil that starts with the White Cliffs of Dover and the weather with a long, cool growing season. These wines are being recognised in international competitions as being world-class, even as the best wines in the world in their categories.
Reasons to enter the English sparkling wine market: