The current era of commercial English winegrowing can be thought of as dating from 1951, when Guy Salisbury-Jones began the first planting at what would become Hambledon Vineyard. English wines now routinely garner top awards in international competitions, with one of the critical contributory factors often cited as being Britain’s warming climate. It is well
According to a Press Release from Defra, sales of English and Welsh wine are predicted to be worth nearly £100 million in 2015. This appears to be based on the assumption that English (and Welsh) wine sales will total 5 million bottles this year. Based on the available data, is that a realistic estimate? Just
For English cricket supporters, the recent match at Wellington is best forgotten. Yet for supporters of English Sparkling wine the ICC Cricket World Cup may best be remembered for the two England vs New Zealand blind tasting matches that took place on 19th February 2015 in Wellingon and London. Each country was represented by a
Ahead of Thursday’s sparkling wine blind tasting against New Zealand (“Battle of the Bubbles“) we look at, in alphabetical order, the English Team’s lower order. 7. Hush Heath, Balfour Brut Rosé, 2010 Owen Elias is a four-time winner of the UKVA’s Winemaker of the Year award and his Balfour Brut Rosé is the pick of
The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is underway and a much-anticipated match will take place in Wellington on 20th February when co-hosts New Zealand take on England. Just ahead of this fixture, sparkling wines from the two nations will also compete, this time in a blind tasting dubbed the “Battle of the Bubbles“. Ahead of
The English wine industry in its modern form arguably dates back to the 1950s and progress since then has occurred in fits and starts. About ten years ago, the industry entered a new phase which currently shows no signs of abating. Improved viticultual understanding, availability of more appropriate clones, realisation of the suitability of the
The Champagne and English Sparkling Wine industries are very different beasts, not only in their size but also in their structure. In Champagne, the majority of wine is produced by the Négociant-Manipulant (NP) who largely buy in grapes, often under long-term contracts. They then produce wine on a very large scale, so that 300 NP
Setting the price of a product can be a tricky business and there is no simple formula. Depending on the profile of the company, its cost base, its financial position and the state of the market it which it operates it may be aiming to maximise profits, build market share or some combination of the
In recent years English wineries have been stepping up their promotional efforts and short videos provide an ideal means of connecting with (potential) consumers. This video from Ridgeview Wine Estate gives a useful overview of the company, emphasising the human element of the business.
Nyetimber held their inaugural open days on the weekend of 19th 20th September 2014. This short promotional video provides a brief overview of the days’ events.