UK wine has come a long way in recent years, and now there’s simply no need to reach for the foreign grapes; the homegrown drop is just as good! We have some amazing, award-winning wines to choose from, and with English Wine Week kicking off with a flurry of events up and down the country tomorrow (May 26th) until June 3rd, there’s no better time to celebrate this!
UK glamping holidays tie in so nicely with the enjoyable pastime of sipping on a delicious glass of vino or two, so we thought that we would rejoice in this well-celebrated national event with some fascinating facts about UK wine; and the sparkling variety too!
1- There are lots of places in the UK that are fruitful producers of sumptuous wine. The top 10 counties based on their volume of vineyards are:
- East Sussex
- West Sussex
2- There are no fewer than 503 vineyards in the UK, the last time we counted!
3- We Brits do enjoy a tipple, and this is proven by the fact that we consume in the region of 816 million bottles of wine each year.
4- Denbies Wine Estate holds the top spot for the UK’s largest single-estate vineyard; approximately 256 acres!
5- The top five grape varieties produced throughout the UK, in order, are:
- Pinot Noir
- Pinot Meunier
6- The soil located in Southern England is close to that of the Champagne region.
7- A man by the name of Christopher Merret put the first fizz into flat wine some 356 years, in 1662.
8- English sparkling wines are being exported to Paris and have been for several years now. This is a testament to the winemakers and all their efforts, with France being a notoriously rich country for its own top-quality wines, particularly their Champagne!
9- Sparkling wine accounts for around 66% of the UK’s wine production.
10- Did you know that in just one 750ml bottle of English Sparkling there are around 49 MILLION bubbles? Staggering!
11- Speaking of bottles, the pressure contained in a bottle of sparkling wine comes in at around 90lbs per square inch. To put this into perspective, that is three times the pressure in a regular car tyre.
12- Popping the cork on a bottle (especially with 90lbs of pressure behind it) can cause it to reach speeds of up to 40 mph!
13- There may be some doubt over who invented the actual Champagne itself, but there’s no uncertainty that it was in England that the first Champagne bottle was made.
14- If you find yourself feeling the effects of sparkling wine more so than when you drink the non-sparkling versions, it’s because the bubbles make the alcohol enter your bloodstream quicker.
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