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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Varietals Produced in United Kingdom View all

  • King

  • Seyval Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

Subregions of United Kingdom

  • Scotland

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

  • Armagh

  • Down

Popular Wineries in United Kingdom View all

  • Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard

    We (Keith and Esther Willingale) became producers of English wine through a happy accident. In 1...

  • Rosemary's Vineyard & Winery

    We believe in minimal handling of the grapes so they are hand picked and hand processed by our fa...

  • Cairn O'Mohr Winery

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

  • Blue Cove

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

  • Stanlake Park

    A small test area of 500 vines was planted by Jon Leighton in 1979. The original vineyard was cal...

  • Johnnie Walker

    Johnnie Walker is a classic brand of blended Scotch whisky, named for John “Johnnie” Walker, a ...

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  • Bulldog London Dry Gin NV

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    Opens with Cinnamon and White Pepper then a bit of Lime and other herbs. A sweet sensation on the tongue, then berries and white grapes. Smooths out and becomes somewhat 'oily' and the Grape, Lime, and Berries notes become even more noticeable when ice and water are added. Not much of any Juniper notes, but an interesting 'Gin' varietal neverthe... Read More

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  • Balvenie Doublewood 12y NV

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    This one disappointed. Not as refined as the price promised. Read More

    Wine review by odin09


  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gift Pack

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    Overpriced but undeniably smooth. Light smoke and nice finish. Read More

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  • Highland Park Years 1970

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    Review for 15... A little heavy on the smoke but its growing on me. Very complex. Read More

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