The 2015 figures from the wine standards branch of the food standards agency totalled the amount of commercial vineyards in the UK as 502 with 133 wineries. The average annual production of wine has increased from 3.02m (bottle equivalent) to 5.06m in 2015.
Hectarage planted in the Uk has doubled in the last 8 years and is set to grow by a further 50% to 3000ha by 2020. Wine production by 2020 is predicted to reach some 10m bottles (Skelton 2016)
Currently the most northerly commercial vineyard is the Yorkshire Heart Vineyard in North Yorkshire. The largest single vineyard at 106 ha/ 265 acres is Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey, and the largest estate at 170ha/ 420 acres is Nyetimber.
Hectarage planted is set to grow by a further 50% to 3000 ha by 2020
Sales of English Wine in the UK
- Supermarkets (both high street and online)
- Independent wine merchants (high street and online)
- Other retail outlets
- Restaurants and bars
- Direct from the Vineyard themselves
English wines are exported to the following countries:
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
Data supplied by Wine Standards Branch, Food Standards Agency, 2015 figures.
Competition SuccessesIn the last 16 years* English sparkling wines have won no less than 15 International Trophies in global competitions: 9 Trophies for best international sparkling wine
- International Wine & Spirit Competition
- Decanter World Wine Awards
- Proefschrift Wine Competition, Holland
- Bollicine del Mondo, Italy
- International Wine Challenge
- Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
- Bollicine del Mondo
- Rosé du Monde, France
- China Wine Awards
It is expected that wine production will increase ten-fold by 2020.
In the last 16 years* English sparkling wines have won 15 International Trophies.
Bolstering England’s position amongst the great wine producing countries of the world - IWSC