Sparkling Wines - Great Britain
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.