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

  • Syrah

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

  • King

  • Seyval Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Charlie Herring

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

  • Sandyford Vineyard

    Sandyford Vineyard is part of our 400-acre family farm based in the village of Great Sampford in...

  • Rosemary's Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Nyetimber Vineyard

    A new era for English wine began in 1988 when the first Nyetimber vineyards were planted in the h...

  • Johnnie Walker

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

  • Bookers Vineyard

    In the heart of rural Sussex, one of Britain’s most beautiful southern counties, lies Bolney Wine...

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  • WineWine: 2008 Manu Marlborough Sauvignon BlancWine Year: 2008Wine Label: ... ... ... ElectronicMusic Region: United KingdomUltre is a UK based artist of Irish decent, who makes great electronic music which is sourced from analog sounds and then combined to compose the tracks which are found on this album. Crafted from guitar, piano, electron... Read More

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  • The Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak Reserve Scotch Whisky


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    Wine review by dzaucha

  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


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  • Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch 18 Year NV


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  • Napa Station Chardonnay California Napa Jarman Kent 2007


    2009 San Diego International Wine CompetitionNapa Station 2007 ChardonnayNapa Valley, CaliforniaGold Medal WinnerDirected by sweet, nicely ripened, apple-y fruitand filled out by a careful measure of mildly creamy oak, this rounded, moderately full-bodied Chardonnay hits the varietal mark in terms of focus and feel, and its frontal clean-as-can-... Read More

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  • Ridgeview Merret Cavendish Brut 2006


    Surprisingly golden amber in colour, sweet yet acidic (perhaps more than would have liked) but there is a faint hint of Bakewell Tart on the finish which makes this a very nice alternative to Champagne. Another English gem. Read More

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  • Magito Cabernet Blend 2006


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  • About this time in 1999, I took an unknowing, impassioned first step into what ... ... For example, in the United Kingdom, over last 15 years, wine consumption per person has doubled to 23 liters (or 2.5 cases) per year per person; however, old world - French, German, Italian and Spanish - wine sales have plummeted from 87% market share to 42... Read More

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  • Glenlivet Malt Single Malt Scotch Whisky Years Old NV


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    Wine review by zivagolee

  • Macallan 18 Year Old 1990


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