The UK is currently enjoying cava and prosecco as sales hit an astonishing 80% growth in terms of sparkling wine sales over the past five years, figures from HM Revenue and Customs have stated.
Accountancy group UHY Hacker Young have recently cited that some 31.6 million gallons of prosecco and cava is forecasted to be sold over the course of 2015/16, recording a significant hike from the 17.6 million gallons in 2011/12.
France, Italy and Spain currently hold claim to being the main players where sparkling wine importing is concerned, but in 2015 roughly 37 new wine producers and vineyards opened in England, highlighting the encouraging level of the ever-increasing recognition home-grown produce is receiving.
James Simmonds, a Hacker Young partner, said of the news that the new figures were a “great boost” for English producers who had opted to show their products to be a “viable alternative”, much like a glamping UK staycation!
He added: “Not only is the growing success of English sparkling wine encouraging more to come to the market but more established names are now looking to expand into new stages of growth.
“Vineyards provide businesses with numerous opportunities to diversify and offer additional services such as shops, cafes, wine-tastings, events and weddings as well as producing wine.
“These add-ons can be effective ways for new producers to supplement their income whilst waiting for their wine to mature.
“It’s uncertain what will happen after Brexit to UK imports of prosecco and Champagne, but what is clear is that no matter what happens English sparkling wine is already a viable alternative.”