The UK’s flourishing wine industry looks set for another boost with a record-breaking one million vines poised to be planted this year.
The new vines, which will fill an estimated 625 acres – the equivalent of planting up the whole of London’s Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined, would yield an additional two million bottles of mainly sparkling wine, adding an estimated £50m to the industry, according to the English Wine Producers (EWP).
The acreage planted with grapevines has grown by 35% in the past 10 years, with the area under vine having nearly tripled since 2000, making wine production one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the UK (EWP).
The growth in plantings underlined the popularity of both English sparkling and still wines, said Viticultural consultant, Stephen Skelton MW, adding producers had seen demand soar, both at home and abroad, and were ”planting for the future”… Continue Reading…
Author: Lisa Riley