There are now 135 wine producers registered in the UK, with 46 new producers registering this year. That’s a huge increase for a country now known as a wine producing powerhouse. Certain tax breaks have made it easier for UK producers to register and devout their money to all areas of the business, including research and development.
According to the BBC, the interest in local produce such as cheeses and organically reared meat means an increased demand in our wine and spirits industry too. For example, the number of beer producers has risen by a staggering 188% over the course of the last five years, and with English wine becoming more prominent and respected on the international wine market, there is little surprise to see more wine producers popping up.
Fizz spearheads the English market at the moment, however after we enjoyed an Indian Summer, some are suggesting that climate change will enable us to grow white and red varieties of higher quality in the future. We have worked very closely with Ridgeview for a number of years, a winery based in Surrey, England.
It’s quality is unquestionable with all of their wines receiving a rating of 4 stars or higher. The Ridgeview Cuvee Merret Bloomsbury Brut 2011 was served to the Royals for the Queen’s official Jubilee celebrations. It’s definitely a customer favourite and if you ever get the chance to meet one of our wine buyers, I’m sure they will be waxing lyrical about the wine and the future of the English wine industry. We’re both intrigued and excited about the future of wine production in the UK.