It is thought that the Romans first introduced vines to England but a succession of winemakers through the ages have struggled to make successful wines in such a marginal climate. Thankfully, recent years have seen a marked improvement across the board, both in terms of viticultural and vinification techniques, and in the weather.
The vineyards of England are concentrated in the warmest southern counties of Kent and Sussex, yet grape ripening on our shores is still a risky business. As a result, it is imperative to select vineyard sites that minimise the effects of the cool, wet climate.
The hallmark high acidity of English wine lends itself to traditional method sparkling wine production, so it is no surprise that it is these wines that are making people sit up and take notice of what can really be achieved in our home country.