Based on HMRC data, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) report that 3.86 million bottles were on sale in 2017, up from 2.36 million in 2016.
Back in 2000, only 1.34 million bottles were made. English Sparkling Wine is the main growth driver, now accounting for 66% of sales. The industry is benefitting from massive investment in new vineyards and technology. An example is Rathfinny in Sussex, 250,000 vines are planted with a further 250,000 planned. Their aim is to make 80,000 cases by 2025.
English sparkling wines made according to the Champagne method are winning industry awards throughout the world. UK and export sales are growing. It is a British success story.
Hampshire sparkling wine producer is teaming up with Champagne house Vranken-Pommery to produce a sparkling wine.
Taittinger working with Hatch Mansfield are planting vines at Chilham in Kent. The bottles will be ready for drinking in 2023.