British Wine

The United Kingdom has been contributing to the world of wines and spirits since the Roman era. The Romans had wine with them wherever they went forth and conquered, and stumbling upon ancient wine chalices are nothing new. There is evidence of a Roman era vineyard at Wollaston in the Nene Valley, England with deposits of vine pollen dating back to this time. This suggests there were attempts at grape-growing, though it’s not known if this succeeded. 

The Romans were gone by the 4th century AD, and wine production was limited to Christian orders for sacramental purposes. The land was otherwise unstable due to nearly constant wars between factions such as the Angles, Saxons and Jutes. Most of the Christians who had planted small vineyards retreated to the islands, which weren’t suitable for grape-growing. By the 6th century, they returned to the mainland and vineyards were once again planted, but trade with other parts of Europe also increased. Higher quality wines could be obtained Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • King

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of United Kingdom

  • Scotland

    The word whisky (here always spelled without the “e”), is a derivation of “usky,” shortened fro...

  • Armagh

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Popular Wineries in United Kingdom View all

  • Blue Cove

    A private estate winery with 450 acres in the Robertson region of South Africa

  • Champion Wine, Binfield Vineyard

    We are dedicated to the promotion of English sparkling wine as a viable alternative to more tradi...

  • Tas Valley Vineyard

    Welcome to the Tas Valley Vineyard website - the ultimate destination for personalised wine label...

  • Cairn O'Mohr Winery

    Cairn O’Mohr award winning Scottish fruit wines are made from berries, flowers and leaves that gr...

  • Barnsole Vineyard

    Visitors are most welcome to this family run vineyard, which currently extends over an area of 3 ...

  • Charlie Herring

    Charlie Herring Ltd is a UK based company with projects underway to produce wine in South Africa,...

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  • Arrived in England and in addition to making wonderful, rather pricey champagnes, they are also producing some good white varietals and I'm looking forward to trying them. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  • looking for a good selections of scottish wines

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