Britain's vineyard area growing faster than any other EU country

The UK's area of vineyards grew to 1,637 hectares in 2015 - a rise of over 40% since 2009, according to new EU figures.

Image: Jennifer Copley (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Jennifer Copley (CC BY 2.0)

No other EU country saw such a significant rise over the period, and indeed the overall trend was downwards.

The UK industry still remains small, with less than one-thousandth of the EU total of 3.2 million hectares. 

With 553 holdings, British vineyards are comparatively large, averaging 3.1 hectares in size compared to the EU average of 1.3ha - though this figure is distorted by the huge number of small independent vineyards in Romania, numbering over 850,000.

Virtually all of UK production has either protected designation of origin (PDO; 93%) or protection of geographical indication (PGI; 7%) status.


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