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UKVINES - The original UK viticultural website

This website was founded in the mid 1990s to provide a source of information for researchers, tourists and for people interested in setting up their own vineyard.It provides information on one of the fastest changing agricultural developments in Britain. In 1980, there were about 300 vineyards, mainly producing dry white wines in the south. Now, many of the original vineyards have closed as owners retired. However the new century has seen a vast increase in plantings, especially in the 'Sparkling wine belt' of Kent and Sussex, as well as new developments in Yorkshire and the Midlands. The current focus is on sparkling wine, for which Britain is now justly renowned.In ten years,as climate and tastes change, the whole industry will have to change with it.

Thoughts from the Vineyards

What is the best vine to grow?

It was Prime Minister Harold Macmillan who when asked what was the most difficult thing to cope with in his job is alleged to have responded ‘Events dear boy, events’. Vine growers need to think in a similar manner. Thirty years ago, if anyone had planted Chardonnay in Britain, they would have been regarded as mad- 'everyone' knew that the climate was too cold and the growing season too short.. Now, climatic changes and the increasing demand for sparkling wine have made both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir extremely viable, especially in the southern counties.. But for how much longer? France is increasingly getting too hot for its traditional grapes.In fifty years, this could also be true of southern Britain There was an article in the Guardian recently about vines in Sweden, where the growers are looking for a vine that will suit their climate. Currently, they groww Madeleine Angevine. Soon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay? Given the speed at which climatic change is occuring faster than the experts predicted, and that viticulturalists need to look at least 10 years ahead to repay their investment, it may well come to that. A Scottish Merlot from the Great Glen may well be only a few years away!

And now for an amusing little wine with a slightly liquorish nose..

What did the taste of wine remind you of- flint, fish,fat, farmyard? All the are terms used by wine tasters. But do they have any basis in reality?
Some thoughts on Minerality in wines

Croeso I Cymru

Wales now has its own vineyards association currently led by Richard Morris of Ancre Hills in Monmouth, from whom information can be obtained.Log into their web site. They also have touring leaflets that can be printed off.

What sheep will match your vineyard?

English Wine Producers launch their comprehensive guide to the English and Welsh industry

Visit a vineyard

  • Notes on Vineyard Visits in the UK
  • Grape places to stay
  • A vine day out in Britain
  • East Midlands wineries
  • Devon, glorious Devon (plus wine!)
  • Restaurants serving English and Welsh wines
  • Buy your wines online in 2015

    List of web sites with sales facilties

    Archived Vineyards-News

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Mike Roberts MBE- a quality sparkling wine pioneer

    It with great sadness that the English wine industry heard of the death of Mike Roberts in November, 2014. Mike set up Ridgeview vineyard in 1995 after a career in the computer industry. His aim, like that of Stuart Moss at nearby Nyetimber, was to produce an outstanding English Sparkling wine. Both succeeded and for the last 20 years, their wines have been the benchmarks by which the other sparkling producers' products have been judged. A wise, kind man, and above all, an example to all who strive for excellence.Everyone in the industry and who came to meet him will greatly miss him.

    Yorkshire Heart puts Heart into Yorkshire

    A relative newcomer- YORKSHIRE HEART beat off stiff competition from all the better known northern competitors to land the MERCIAN VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION top trophies in the 2014 competition. See their vineyard page for full details

    Gold Award and Trophy for Lincolnshire

    Click to see the GOLD MEDALS for 2014

  • Note: All information on this site is printed in good faith and is available on other sites or in reference books. E&OE. Any vineyard owner who wishes information to be removed or changed please contact the author. It is not a sales site and any emails from companies wishing to sell products to the site will be treated as spam.