Vineyards bounce back with bumper 2013 harvest

2013 was a record year for UK vineyards, new figures from English Wine Producers (EWP) show, following two difficult seasons.

Image: HW
Image: HW

A total of 33,384 hectolitres, equating to just below 4.5 million bottles, was harvested last year, breaking the previous record of 4 million bottles set in 2010 by some margin.

The increase reflects the ongoing rise in planting, EWP explains. In the last seven years, hectarage has doubled, with some 500 hectares planted in the last two years alone.

EWP marketing dirextor Julia Trustram Eve said: "2013 was an excellent year for many UK vineyards, with a welcome long, warm summer that has resulted in some great quality wines as well as the highest ever volume produced."

The news comes as the industry prepares for English Wine Week, its annual national promotion, which this year runs from Saturday 24 May to Sunday 1 June.


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