A tourism company has produced a new infographic to showcase England and Wales’ burgeoning wine producing sector.
The two countries between them produce around 3.15m bottles of wine every year, with an export market worth £100m. The infographic includes such statistics as the number of vineyards and wineries in operation in the UK, a breakdown of which grape varietals and wine colours are most frequently grown and produced, and the extent to which land is being allocated to growing grapes for wine. Since 2004, vineyard acreage has increased by 140% from 1,870 acres to 4,500.
The graphic was produced by Sykes Cottages.
Tom Lowes of Sykes Cottages said: “With English sparkling wines winning numerous international accolades and fans, it’s clear that home-produced wine is here to stay. And it’s not just in the bubbly stakes that English wine is getting noticed – English wine in general is on the upward trajectory.
“Good food and drink remain high on the list of priorities for our customers. Provenance is becoming ever more important and people want local wine to go with their local food. Given that the majority of vineyards are in the South West and South East, these areas are likely to benefit the most from the growing interest in British wine.”
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