Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Reds, whites and sparkling to rival Champagne: 10 of the best English wines

England is becoming a serious power player in the world of wine. As news comes that Bordeaux is suffering from climate change and famous Champagne house Tattinger is opening its first vineyard outside of the Champagne area in our very own Kent, this year’s English Wine Week (28th May – 5th June) comes at a peak time for English wine.

Lisa Cope, from Bloomsbury wine bar Noble Rot, tells us: “Noble Rot Magazine held a landmark tasting a few months ago pitting Champagnes against English sparkling wines. Everything was tasted blind by a top panel of wine writers, sommeliers and chefs, and English sparkling wine took the top two spots. The winner came from Hambledon vineyard in Hampshire, beating names like Taittinger and Veuve Cliquot. It caused a ripple in the industry, and proved to any doubters that English wine is not to be dismissed.”

So what are the advantages of drinking English wine? As well as the financial upside (buying local means a better price for a higher quality), not to mention reducing the carbon footprint of your tipple, the English climate means that classic grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grow well, resulting in fresh wines that are ideal for summer.

Click through the gallery below for 10 of our favourite English wines to match the grapes we know and love  – and all available to order online.

Related

water bar selfridges h20 cocktails london.jpg

Still or sparkling? A water-only cocktail bar is coming to London

A5E6EX_rt.jpg

Madame Clicquot: the woman who launched a million hangovers

Nikkei Martinez - Aged sake, mosto verde pisxo, black salt, flowers.jpg

15 sweet, sour and refreshing cocktails to make at home

chocolate.jpg

Chocolate and wine makes your gut feel fine, new study reveals

L'enclume_-279.jpg

Incredible UK restaurants with bedrooms

RESERVEPRINCIPALE.jpg

Live the rural dream in one of France's famed wine regions

marcos alberti wine face photography project three glasses after 3.jpg

Photographer captures the four stages of wine face

acciaroli 2.jpg

Anchovies, rosemary and relaxation: living to 100, Italian-style

Motherhoodchallenge.JPG

The Non Motherhood Challenge: featuring wine and a good night's sleep

Comments

Latest...

A pizza playground is coming to London

Everyone's going to want a slice of this (sorry)

by Hayley Spencer
30 Mar 2017

Reese's have created a peanut butter creme egg

The ultimate Easter treat?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
30 Mar 2017

The top 5 food and drink trends you’ll be seeing at weddings this year

The rise of the brunch wedding (we’re on board)

by Amy Swales
30 Mar 2017

Espresso tonic is the new drinks trend taking over our Instagram feeds

Meet your new obsession

28 Mar 2017

At last - Britain's first gravy bar is coming

Finally, a proper way to enjoy chips

by Anna Pollitt
27 Mar 2017

Deliveroo is giving away free ice cream to make your Monday better

That's your lunch break sorted.

by Hayley Spencer
27 Mar 2017

Bright, beautiful and bold Easter cake inspiration

Stylish bake ideas to nick and claim as your own

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017

10 cocktail recipes inspired by iconic women authors

Intoxicating recipes and feminist literary history: a winning combination.

by Moya Crockett
22 Mar 2017

This London restaurant has launched an ice cream breakfast menu

Our childhood dreams have come true.

by Hayley Spencer
21 Mar 2017

Forget chocolate: this Easter, it's all about the cheese egg

Why has no one thought of this before?

by Hayley Spencer
21 Mar 2017