Vineyards and vines growing

Industry Facts

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.


Annual production bar graph

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
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Direct from the Vineyard themselves

English wines are exported to the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Macau
  • China
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Estona
  • South Africa
  • Finland
  • Spain
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Hong Kong
  • USA

Wine Styles

Wine styles bar graphWine styles graph

Wine styles pie chart

Data supplied by Wine Standards Branch, Food Standards Agency, 2015 figures.

The sparkling wine sector continues to grow year on year. Most of the recent plantings are for sparkling wine production (Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier account for over 50% of total varietal plantings). The approximate retail value, based on estimated market ready volumes is £82m (English Wine Producers 2015) Currently around 5% of all English wine produced is exported, amounting to an average of 250k bottle each year, which are exported across 5 continents. This figure is expected to increase ten-fold by 2020 alone, to around 2.5m bottles per year (25% of production). (Data supplied by Wine Standards Branch, Food Standards Agency, 2015 figures.)

Competition Successes

In 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
6 Trophies for best sparkling Rosé
  • International Wine Challenge
  • Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • Bollicine del Mondo
  • Rosé du Monde, France
  • China Wine Awards
In 2015, English wine received the highest haul of medals yet at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, International Wine Challenge and Sommelier Wine Award, “Bolstering England’s position amongst the great wine producing countries of the world” (IWCS). With thanks from International cool climate wine symposium and English Wine producers.  

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