Sparkling Wines – Great Britain

Sparkling Wines - Great Britain

Since the 1960s, England has been producing various types of sparkling wines. However, the first sparkling wines made in the UK from imported grapes are even older. It was in the 1980s when some English viticulturists began to cultivate the same grape varieties used in the Champagne region of France. This led to an increase in availability of English sparkling wines made with these varieties.

Currently, there are more than 100 vineyards in England dedicated to the production of sparkling wines, with Nyetimber, Ridgeview and Chapel Down being some of the largest producers. In 2010, the most cultivated grape varieties in English vineyards were Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, representing 40% of the total planted vines. This trend was probably due to the growing demand and fascination for English sparkling wines.

At that time, the total production of English wine, including all types, averaged around 2 million bottles annually. In addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, other grape varieties such as Auxerrois, Seyval blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Reichensteiner and Bacchus were used for wine making.

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