Continuing growth of English wine brings 42 per cent rise in volumes

New official figures for UK wine production show that over 47,000 hectolitres were produced last year, equivalent to 6.3 million bottles, and a 42 per cent rise on 2013.

Image: Alkan de Beaumont Chaglar
Image: Alkan de Beaumont Chaglar

English and Welsh vineyards enjoyed a long warm spring and summer, ensuring both quality and quantity despite a cooler autumn.

The UK's vineyard area has doubled in seven years and now stands at over 2,000ha, around two-thirds of which is for sparkling wine production, with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties dominating new plantings.

Production of sparkling wines has increased by nearly 150 per cent in the last five years.

English Wine Producers marketing director Julia Trustram Eve said: "Over the last years we seem to be continually breaking our own records, and the 2014 figures surpass everything.

"We are noticing the uptake in English wine through the entire retail sector and the on trade. Export is another growing market, with close collaboration between a number of producers already working on export initiatives. As volumes continue to grow, so will our efforts to develop markets both here and abroad."

The Food Standards Agency figures are compiled from records submitted by all producers after harvesting.


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