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  Getting to know britain's booming wine industry
It is always heartening to celebrate a success story
and Britain’s wine industry provides a justifiable reason to raise a glass
Let us introduce one of the UK’s fastest growing industries. Across England and Wales vineyard acreage has more than tripled since 2000, and growing ever still. Last year produced 15.6 million bottles of English and Welsh wines, breaking all records, and more is predicted over the coming years. Now, surely, is the time
to discover and enjoy in the wines and winelands of Britain.
There are now well over 500 vineyards
in the UK, stretching across southern England, up through the Midlands and East Anglia to Yorkshire, and in north and south Wales. These range from large commercial operations to small family- run vineyards. Around 200 are open to visitors.
Some clusters of vineyards are creating mini wine regions, making a visit to some parts of the country a voyage of vinous discovery and inviting you to enjoy local food and hospitality.
You don’t have to be a wine expert to enjoy a visit to a vineyard - learning
more about a wine, its story, and maybe meeting the owner or the winemaker makes enjoyment of a wine all the greater.
English and Welsh wines are now readily available. Nowadays you can find them in supermarkets, off licences, delicatessens and farm shops as well as on the wine lists of many restaurants and bars. Look out for them - or ask for them!
Much of what the UK produces is sparkling wine. In the last two years
two Champagne houses have invested in land over here to create their own English sparkling wines - proof of the great confidence in this industry’s future. Alongside are the many fine still wines to look out for - white, rosé and red wines.
To encourage greater awareness in this home-grown industry, WineGB is running English Wine Week an Welsh Wine Week, taking place 25 May to 2 June. During the week vineyards up and down the country will be throwing open their cellar doors
to welcome visitors with special activities and offers. Retail outlets and restaurants will also be highlighting local wines to their customers. Look out for all activities on the industry’s website, www.winegb. and follow the conversation on social media.
So just remember: when it comes to wine, why not look at what’s on the doorstep – you never know what exciting voyage of discovery you may find!
Julia Trustram Eve Wine GB
English Wine Week and
Welsh Wine Week
Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June
Check out the events and activities taking place across the country
Visit a vineyard: maps, books and guides are available, including local/regional wine trails.
Wine tours: a number of wine tour operators specialise in visits to England’s wine regions
Follow the wines of Great Britain on social media:
Twitter: @wine_gb and @englishwineweek Facebook: /winegb/
Instagram: winegb
Visit to find out more together with a host of background information and listings of vineyards across the UK.

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