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Top 10 vineyard investments

19th April, 2012 by db_staff

6. England/Wales 

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.

Ridgeview sparkling wine

Ridgeview sparkling wine

5 Responses to “Top 10 vineyard investments”

  1. Bisso Atanassov says:

    >> 4,000-liter quevris, or large clay vessels, that are buried in the ground. Quevris are cost-efficient, if not very scientific and it produces good concentrated red wine.

    First of all, quevris are of different size, not obligatory 4000 l. I’m not sure what’s the cost-efficiency of the quevris (they are cheaper than oak for sure) but from scientific point of view they are a vessel with high oxydizing potential (clay is porous and the quevris are not coated from the inside as a rule) so the wine inside tends to oxydize fast and die even faster (given that no topping-up is previewed by the “cost-efficient” system – see picture). Some of the wine is kept with the stems for a longer time than you can imagine. Not a single Georgian winemaker could answer my question how on earth they clean to sterility a porous uncoated vessel that is buried in the ground. As the answer is – there’s no way. So at the end you get a very … ahmm … specific wine, biologically unstable (in the better case, in the worse – contaminated by mould, fungi and other unknown bacteria) and oxydized, that tends to “dismantle” very fast. But, of course, it’s “natural”, “cost-efficient” and with the so called “gout de terroir”. In general the contemporary consumer refuses to drink such wines (I mean the taste as a whole) and that’s why Georgia can’t sell abroad even half of what they were selling to Russia (as Russians drink everything that burns, i.e. contains alcohol, and don’t care).

    There are some interesting new wines though, but none the less they are a niche product, only for connoisseurs. Not sure if this is enough to put Georgia among the Top-10 emerging wine regions.

  2. Dom says:

    I have tried quite a bit of Georgian wine and have only had bad experiences with wine from quevris. The ones I have tried have had very odd aromas, the wines have been very vegetal and poo-ey, not in a Burgundian farmyardy way, but very unpleasant. Maybe I have just been unluck so far.

  3. Don says:

    Huge ommission – Argentina has to be included. Terroir very accessible and available in Mendoza region. Weather dependable and most vineyards are at elevaton in Andes foothills imparting extraordinary qualities. Malbec is taking over the red wine world with Cab close second. Costs, compared to many locations, are very low with lots of room to grow.

  4. Zakkie Bester says:

    I follow the following simple filosophy : Life is to short to drink bad wines.
    Why bother to drink this awfull wines?

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