Wine enthusiasts may dream of France’s Cabarnet Sauvignon, South Africa’a Chenin Blanc or an Argentinian Merlot – but what about an English Chardonnay or Welsh Bacchus?
Instead of dreaming further afield, wine lovers should look closer to home to try red, white and rosé vino.
Wine experts, winecellardoor.co.uk have revealed that you don’t need to leave the UK to taste quality wine in their natural surroundings.
Their website features an interactive map, revealing over 200 vineyards in England Wales which are open to visitors, offering plenty of inspiration for those planning a UK holiday.
Similar to Google Maps, the interactive design allows users to hover over a gold marker with a wine glass, to see the name of the vineyard and click to get more information including when the vineyard is open.
You can even filter them to find vineyards and wineries offering accommodation, or those that are organic or biodynamic.
With Britain turning into a ‘staycation nation’, now you don’t need to travel far to find vineyards producing the fizzy stuff, which could rival that of France’s Champagne or Italy’s Veneto regions.
Elisabeth Else, co-founder of winecellardoor.co.uk, commented: “I think people are valuing experience and ‘local’ in all sorts of ways and English and Wine wine is a perfect fit for this feeling.
“We’ve heard for years how the wine and food in foreign countries fit together well, now we’re discovering the same works at home.
“Going to a vineyard, as well as a nice day out, gives people the opportunity to interact with the real people who have grown the grapes and made the wine.
“I think we all like to support local produce and local jobs where the quality merits it”.
According to the English Wine Industry, there are 502 commercial vineyards currently operating in the England and Wales, producing about 4.15 million bottles a year.
Dominating the market is sparkling wine, which makes up 66 per cent of the domestic winemaking industry.
It has long been believed that Brexit will boost the English winemaking industry, who are set to benefit from attractive export prices due to the weakened pound.
Since the public voted to leave the European Union (EU), English wine is now exported to 27 countries – up from 19 in 2015.
This figure is expected to increase ten-fold by 2020 alone, to around 2.5 million bottles per year, representing 25 per cent of England and Wales’ wine production. Current key markets include America, Scandinavia and Japan.