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Discovering the wines of Great Britain

In the competitive world of wine, the UK ranks as one of the smallest regions, but arguably it is one of the most exciting, attracting not only plenty of attention over here but also making its mark internationally. The future is looking bright for British wines, says Julia Trustram Eve, Marketing Director for Wines of Great Britain.

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There are now over 500 vineyards in the UK, most located across southern England, but also stretching up through the Midlands and East Anglia to Yorkshire, and in north and south Wales. These range from large commercial operations to small, family-run vineyards.

Although vine growing in the UK goes back to Roman times, it is only since the 1950s that a commercial industry has developed. Those few hundred acres have grown to over 5,000, and more vineyards are being planted every year. In the last 10 years, acreage has more than doubled, and nearly tripled since 2000. Average annual production is now around five million bottles and, with increased plantings is predicted to grow to some 10 million by 2020, continuing to many more in the decades to come.

All of this means that we will be seeing much more English and Welsh wine in the coming years. This remains a small region in the world of wine however – our wines currently account for less than 1 percent of the overall total of wines consumed in the UK.

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