Top 10 vineyard investments19th April, 2012 by db_staff
This is being a little optimistic, but English wine has been a steady incline over recent years and the drinks business has already tipped it to make an impact this year as one if its top 10 trends of 2012.
The year of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee gives English Wine Producers (EWP) a key platform to build their brand on the world stage.
Increasing numbers of English wines are being listed and sold in the UK and EWP reported that at the present rate, by 2015 volumes will have increased to five million bottles. This all points to long term investment potential in English vineyards.
In terms of vineyard regions, the chalk hills of Hampshire are beginning to be seen as an ideal environment to produce an English sparkling wine that is similar to Champagne. The white wine and sparkling wine produced in this region can be characterised by their clean, crisp and fruity flavour.
Sainsbury’s recently announced the addition of an English sparkling wine to its Taste the Difference range, Ridgeview is to produce a sparkler for Waitrose’s own range and the industry has been buoyed by a good harvest in 2011.
Welsh wine is growing in popularity and critical acclaim. Welsh Government deputy minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, Alun Davies said:“Compared to some traditional wine growing regions Wales may be a relative new-comer, but in terms of quality and potential, Welsh wine is certainly making a name for itself at home and abroad.”
Awards have been presented to some Welsh wines. At the 2011 International Wine Challenge, the Tintern Parva Bacchus 2009 won a silver award. Ancre Hill Estates, which picked up two trophies at the 2010-11 Wales the True Taste Food and Drink Awards, is a producer of traditional varietal sparkling wine, with its first release due in 2014.