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England has a long history of winemaking which dates back to Roman times.

The winemaking tradition was kept alive by monasteries during the middle ages who produced wines to rival those on the continent. Over the last four decades, the modern English Wine industry has grown slowly but steadily, gathering real momentum in recent times and putting England firmly on the map as a quality wine producer.

Due to its marginal climate, England's vineyards are mostly in the warmest southern counties with plantings focused on south facing slopes with excellent drainage, low rainfall and protection from frost. Vine selection is crucial in the crusade for quality and it is relatively early ripening varietals with a high resistance to fungal disease that have proven most suitable. Both still white and sparkling wine have attracted international attention but it is the sparkling wine that has really piqued the interest of the international wine trade.

With similar climate and terroir to the Champagne region, English sparkling wine has often pipped it's French neighbours to the post in blind tastings and re-ignited ancient rivalries across the channel.

So many attributes of English wine fit with current trends for sourcing produce from home with a tiny carbon footprint as well as lower alcohol levels. In the meantime, growers are making plans for the positive effects of global warming on the English wine industry. Before we know it, we could even be making wine in Scotland!