It’s official. Grapes now ripen in England and the sparkling wine emerging is of brilliant quality.
Where is it?
What are the main grapes grown?
Increasingly, for the production of sparkling wine, the classic grapes of the Champagne region are grown: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. Other (white) grapes for table wine production include Bacchus and Ortega.
What is distinctive about it?
If proof were needed for climate change, it is that England can now ripen grapes!
In less than three decades, an incredible sparkling wine industry has emerged. The wines have their very own character, with bright acidity.
How do you spot a good wine?
Most of the wine production is centred on Sussex and Hampshire, but as yet there are no official classifications.
However, the sparkling wine category has in general achieved a very high level of quality already.
The wines have their very own character, with bright acidity.
What are its classic dishes?
Besides the national dish – Chicken Tikka Masala – English produce, from asparagus and cauliflower to goats cheese and venison. Roast beef followed by strawberries and cream!
Imagine yourself there...
Fish & Chips for dinner anyone?! It makes a wonderful pairing with English sparkling wine while watching The Great British Bake-Off.