English premium sparkling wine producers now ship is 27 nations around the globe. The latest locations include Japan and Taiwan as well as France and Italy. Nevertheless, the latter countries are still unquestionably the leaders of the UK market. Prosecco is number one, Champagne sits second and Cava third by the number of bottles sold.
English Sparkling wine has the wind behind it. Currently sitting in 4th place, it’s well placed. Rather than decimating the sparkling market, Prosecco has been bringing in new customers to the category and encouraging customers to explore other wines. Crémant, Asti and English Sparkling are all growing. English Sparkling is leading the way with around 9% growth last year.
The reality that 70% of the UK’s total wine production is sparking, and its burgeoning reputation abroad, overshadows the force of our still wines. Bacchus, a grape frequently produced in England, creates wines comparable to good a Sauvignon Blanc. Some believe the native German grape can do for English wine, what Sauvignon Blanc did for the industry in New Zealand a few decades ago. We’ve asked our experts to give you some tips on what you should be quaffing, the five of the best from our ever-expanding English range;
Chapel Down Bacchus
The Bacchus from Chapel Down is showing beautifully just now and has been a standout favourite among customer tastings when looking towards by-the-glass listings for English Wine Week. Comparable to New Zealand Sauvignon with its ripe melon and passionfruit flavours, the oiler, richer palate means the sensation lasts that much longer. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but who wants a burger when steaks on offer?
- Anthony Hardy, Wine Development Specialist
Coates & Seeley Britaigne Brut Reserve
Made from 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir, this is an elegant, expressive sparkling wine showcasing the purity and quality of the fruit. Bright citrus is married with light, crunchy summer berries which deliver on the palate and finished off with a soft & creamy mouthfeel. A beautifully balanced wine which would be perfect as an aperitif or a wonderful accompaniment to seafood.
- Aileen Rolfe, Business Development Manager
My stand out wine from our English selection is the Greyfriars Rosé. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, you get generous amounts of ripe summer berries combining wonderfully with just a touch of spice. One of the reasons why I enjoyed this wine so much is that it doesn’t try and take itself too seriously, made with the everyday drinker in mind, it's fantastically approachable – perfect for an afternoon in the sun!
- Joe Burke, Key Account Manager
Camel Valley Brut
From Cornwall, my favourite English county, comes my favourite English wine. The Camel Valley vineyards and winery are located between Bodmin and Wadebridge, in the heart of Cornwall, on a south facing hill that slopes down to the banks of the River Camel. The difference in terroir and unashamed use of Seyval Blanc produces a finely balanced, eminently drinkable English sparkling wine.
- Simon Guile, Business Development Director
Chapel Down Bacchus Gin
Yes, this is a little bit of a cheat, but the new spirits from Chapel Down made from distilled grapes are amazing! As a marketing man, I have to comment on the bottle design; it's simple, elegant and fits effortlessly into their product line up - for it, they've just won 'Best Design & Packaging in Spirits' at The Drinks Business Awards. I'm picking the gin to recommend as it's a quintessentially English spirit, uses the Bacchus grape which is thriving in English vineyards and is genuinely an expressive and intensely fragranced gin perfect to enjoy in between the wines above!
- Luke Siddall, Marketing Content Executive
Our full range of English wines can be found by clicking here. Get in touch with your account manager about we can help develop your range or click here to arrange a meeting with one of our team. We would love to know what you think, let us know in the comments!