Despite a distinct lack of confidence in them from the market historically, wine producers in England are having the last laugh. An impressive £132 million turnover from 2015 to 2016 has been registered by independent wine producers in England – that’s an all-time high.
New research from online business finance company Funding Options has released this information, which clearly shows that English vineyards are now very much part of the global market and potentially a force to be reckoned with.
England now viable wine producer
While English wine has never really been seen as serious competition to the well-established wine growing countries that everyone’s used to, it seems that it’s become a major growth industry over the last few years. The latest figures show an increase of 16 per cent on the year before, and reports show that the sector has pretty much trebled during the last five years.
Previously the industry had suffered from a certain amount of consumer scepticism, but now that there is much more national and international recognition, this has receded somewhat. As this has diminished, prices have risen and English wine has become more popular.
Norfolk white named best in the world
Just a few months ago, in May 2017, Winbirri Vineyard’s Bacchus 2015 wine was awarded with the prestigious accolade of ‘world’s best white wine’ in the Decanter World Wine Awards. This wine was made in Norfolk, making this an extraordinary achievement for a burgeoning industry.
Wine makers are also riding high on the back of the popularity of British boutique alcohol production. Sales are encouraging more producers to get on board and try the market. New figures from HM Revenue & Customs show 64 new wine producers gaining a wine production licence in 2016.
On a par with French and German vintages
English wine is beginning to be ranked up with German and French vintages and it’s imperative that producers continue investing to be able to satisfy the growing demand. There needs to be long term sustainable growth if the industry is going to succeed in the UK.
The climate is still not able to produce good quality red wines, but the south of England has quickly built up a reputation for producing sparkling white wine. Names like Tattinger have moved to plant vineyards in Kent, showing very clearly that there is a confidence in England as a wine producer.
There are now 502 vineyards in Wales and England, which are producing around five million bottles every year. And this could be just the start.