According to this article the English wine industry is increasing significantly with an increase of 45 per cent over the last four years. There are now 416 vineyards in England, a total of 2,732 acres on vines under cultivation. Most English grapes are currently used to make sparkling wine and it is estimated that around 5 million bottles will be made a year. In comparison to other countries such as France whose Champagne region alone produces 50 million bottles, this is still a small amount but is a huge increase from ten years ago. As English wine becomes more popular some supermarkets such as Waitrose have started planting vines. They are growing chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes at their Leckford Estate in Hampshire. Despite the claims that English wine is becoming more widely produced I don’t think I have seen any on the shelf in the supermarket yet, although I will continue to look out for it.
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