English wine sales up 95 per cent last year, says Waitrose

Waitrose, the largest seller of English wine, saw a near-doubling of sales last year, and says it will stock more English wines in 2015.

Vines at Leckford Farm - image: Waitrose
Vines at Leckford Farm - image: Waitrose

The supermarket has a 60 per cent market share and stocks what it claims to be the largest range of English and Welsh wines with over 100.

Its English wine buyer Rebecca Hull MW said: "There is a real momentum among the English wine industry right now, as new plantings come on stream and English winemakers perfect their art.

"It's an exciting time to be involved in English wine and we'll be launching lots more new English wines over the coming months."

These include its own 2012 vintage Leckford Estate Brut, made from grapes from the supermarket's Hampshire farm.

Meanwhile trade body English Wine Producers has made free promotional materials available at its website in advance of English Wine Week, which runs from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May.


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