When you think about wine, the UK may not be the first place you think of. With our stereotype of constant rain and cold weather, places like sunny Australia or warmer climates like South Africa may seem more obvious for a vineyard. However, the number of vineyards in the UK continues to grow, and there are a variety of award winning wines now made much closer to home.
It is thought that the Romans may have brought grape vines to England, though it is unclear whether a full scale wine making operation was in progress or not. What is more certain is that in the time of the Normans, there were over 40 vineyards recorded in the Domesday Book. By the time Henry VIII was crowned there were 139 vineyards in England and Wales.
The number of vineyards in the UK declined after this, but in the 1960s more, smaller, commercial vineyards began to appear. Today there are hundreds of vineyards in the UK, and English wine is winning awards, and getting more of a following as the trend to buy local continues.
If you are interested in finding out more about English wine you could consider visiting a local vineyard, or one that specialises in the type of wine you prefer. A wide variety of wines are produced in England so you are sure to find something to your taste.
If you fancy a more in depth trip, or just a bit longer to be able to relax fully, there are even some vineyards in the UK who offer overnight stays. These vary from full boutique hotels on site, to a B&B farmhouse experience. Some places even offer caravan pitches or places to camp.
Whether your wine collection contains English wine or not, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any enquiries you may have about wine storage or wine cellars.