In focus: The future of English sparkling wine

English wine: The facts 

View over the vines at Denbies. Image: Helen Dixon

Production (2014-18):

2018: 15.6m bottles (estimate)

2017: 5.90m bottles

2016: 4.15m bottles

2015: 5.06m bottles

2014: 6.30m bottles

Sales (2018):

2018: 2.6m bottles (+186% vs 2017)

Area under vine:

2018: 2,888ha

2015: 2,554ha

The area under vine has risen by 160% in the past 10 years to 2018. In 2018 the area grew 13%, the equivalent of 1.6m vines, or 405ha. 2m vines will be planted this year.

Number of vineyards/wineries:

2018 total: over 500 vineyards. 80 wineries were opened in 2017, up from 64 in 2016, and more than double the 36 that opened in 2013.

Exports:

Exports of English and Welsh wine doubled in 2018, and the wines are now exported to 40 countries. The main export markets are the US and Scandinavia which received 65% of wines exported in 2018.

On average, only 4% of English and Welsh wines are exported, but in 2018, exports totaled around 8%.

General:

71% of wine produced in England and Wales is sparkling. The most planted grape variety is Pinot Noir (31.5% of total acreage) followed by Chardonnay and then Pinot Meunier.

The UK wine industry is predicted to create 30,000 new jobs by 2040. Volumes are expected to reach 40m bottles by 2040. By 2040, wine tourism is expected to generate an additional revenue of £658m.

All figures have been sourced from WineGB.

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