The Regions of the United Kingdom
English wine and Welsh wine has come a long way in the last 20 years.
Major investment has produced centres of excellence in production,
important tourist locations as well as an important viticultural training centre at Plumpton College in Sussex. Since 2000, large hectarages of sparkling wine grapes have been planted in
Sussex, Hampshire and Kent, and are now featured as their own region in this guide. By 2012,
the range of English sparkling wine on the market will probably exceed that of still wines.
The northwards march of viticulture proves that latitude, whilst significant, is not critical to vinegrowing.New varieties have greatly assisted viticulturalists. England's most northerly commercial vineyard is currently Ryedale near
Malton in Yorkshire, where the right grapes and a sheltered site show what can be achieved.
In the west, Ynys Mon is the furthest northern outpost for Welsh wine.
Even Scotland now
This website provides access details for the majority of Welsh and English vineyards, together
with suggested tourist routes and wine-and-food matches.
The UK national organisation for vineyards is the United Kingdom Vineyards Association, which is financed entirely by its member vineyards. Payment is made through the constituent associations. Charges are in 3 parts:
- An association charge
- A UKVA fee
- A charge according to the number of hectares grown.
Membership of any association is open to growers and non-growers.