Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Although wine has been produced in the United Kingdom since the Roman conquest, wine making has been little more than a hobby during modern times. During the past decade, however, the attainment of a number of major international awards caused the world to take notice of English wine. Wine is mostly produced in the South and South East of England and is mainly sparkling. During the past five years, the industry has enjoyed robust growth, underpinned by rising domestic and international interest in English wine. Warmer than average weather for much of the past decade improved grape yields and wine quality, helping winemakers produce sparkling wines to rival those on the continent. Interest in UK-produced sparkling wine has also been helped by rising demand for quality food and wine... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Wine is predominantly produced in the South of England. Wine manufacturing facilities are often located at or near vineyards to optimise transport costs and ensure the freshest grapes are crushed. While different wine grapes require different climatic and soil conditions, grape growing generally requires warm, dry weather and long summer seasons. For these reasons, the southern regions are best suited to wine production. The South of England also has the same chalky soil prevalent in the Champagne region of France. This soil produces acidic white grapes that are perfect for making sparkling white wine.
The South East is the most important region for the industry because its climate and soil are widely considered to be perfect for producing sparkling white wine... purchase to read more