English Wine Week – and the rise of organic English wines!
The English wine industry seems to be in a very healthy state. Quality and output are increasing: English wine production in 2014 increased by 42% over 2013, and acreage planted has increased by over 140% in the last 10 years. Sparkling wine is the most popular type at 66% of production in 2014 (almost 4m bottles), followed by still white at 24% and red/Rosé at 10%.
Julia Trustram Eve, Marketing Director of English Wine Producers said: “Over the last years we seem to be continually breaking our own records, and the 2014 figures surpass everything. There’s no doubt about it – English wines really are on an upward trajectory… We are noticing the uptake in English wine through the entire retail sector and the on trade'.
Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, says, “This is a truly exciting time for English wine - our vineyards are rapidly expanding with more people than ever before enjoying our finest English bubbly…”
As it is English Wine Week this week (23-31 May), I wanted to let you know about the growing popularity of English wines with my customers.
We specialise in sourcing organic, biodynamic and sustainably-produced wines, and I have been delighted with the quality of organic English wines that I have been able to source. I am especially pleased to be featuring four organic English wine producers at two events for English Wine Week this coming weekend.
There is a growing awareness that English wines actually taste pretty good, especially as people are able to try them at our market stalls, and soon also at our new pop-up wine bar in Enfield, North London.
From Kent and East Sussex, Will Davenport’s Horsmonden Dry White, Rosé and Limney Sparkling are very popular, and customers always like to hear about his association as winemaker with our new local organic vineyard at Forty Hall in Enfield.
Also from East Sussex, Sedlescombe Wines are the oldest organic vineyard in England, and after 25 years of organic production became certified biodynamic in 2010. We source our only English red from them, as well as their white and sparkling wines.
Albury organic Vineyard in Surrey has a really nice Rosé and sparkling, as well as a collaboration winemaking project with Monty Waldin, a leading advocate of biodynamic winemaking, so we will be featuring his Monty’s Pet Nat (natural petillant) as well.
Our newest supplier, Trevibban Mill organic vineyard from Cornwall, has sent us a sparkling Rosé, and still white and Rosé wines, which we tasted last week and are very excited about.
Organic winegrowing meets our aspiration of Sustainability, which refers to a range of practices that are ecologically sound as well as economically viable, socially responsible and will allow the vineyards and environment to continue to produce an undiminished product for future generations.
So I would encourage you all to try these organic English wines, as the demand is definitely evident, the quality is unmistakeable and you will be doing your bit to support your local as well as the UK’s growing economy.
We will have wines from our four English organic producers open for tasting at the following events:
Saturday 30 May, at the Library Cafe in Enfield EN2
Sunday 31 May, at the Alexandra Palace farmers market, North London's biggest, London N22.
Hope to see you there!