In the last two years, English wines have really become something to be proud of, particularly sparkling wines (the climate and soil of southern England are not that different from Champagne) and rosés, which are perfect for summer afternoons in the garden.
We round-up the best bottles you should buy for you next get-together.
Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2009
This citrus wine from the Gustbourne Estate in Kate won the Gold medal at the International Wine Challenge this year. Its zesty flavours go especially well with oily fish such as salmon.
Chapel Down English Rose Sparkling NV
Petal pink in colour and full of summery English fruit flavours, this wine is perfect for an afternoon sitting in the garden.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009
Just a few weeks back this wine walked away with the title of Best English Sparkling wine at the International Wine Challenge. It will go up against some of the best houses in the world at the Global Sparkling Wine final known as the "Oscars of the Wine Trade". The pale gold drink contains aromas of fresh melon, sweat pea flowers and apricot.
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé brut
This highly acclaimed Rose is beautifully pale and smells like wild strawberries. It's won the Sparkling Rosé International trophy in Verona and a Decanter World Wine Award Gold medal.
Denbies Whitedowns Cuvee
Refreshing, with a mass of tiny bubbles that is a mile away from cheap champagnes.
Herbert Hall Brut
Herbert Hall only offer two wines – brut and brut rosé – and they’re both making waves. The Brut was selected to represent the 'Best of British' wines at the House of Commons in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.
Balfour Brut Rose
Produced by the relatively new Hush Heath Estate winery in Kent, this stylish pink drink is made with traditional champagne grapes.
Ridgeview Marksman Sparkling
Mike Roberts founded the award-winning Ridgeview winery in Sussex almost 20 years ago and he created this 100% Chardonnay wine exclusively for M&S. It has complex flavours of red apple, exotic spice and brioche.
2013 Horsmonden dry white
Davenport’s small organic estate makes some of England’s finest still wine. This wine has been made every year since 1993, is a blend of five grape varieties grow and has been likened to a sauvignon blanc. It's perfect for a summer afternoon over white meats, salads and even spicy food.
Three Choirs Coleridge Hill 2012
This dry, crisp white from the idyllic Three Choirs winery in the heart of Gloucestershire is perfect for summer. We particularly love the fragrant, unusual hints of elderflower and nettles.