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

  • Stanlake Park

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

  • Bookers Vineyard

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

  • Callow Hill Country Wine

    Welcome to Callow Hill Country Wine. We are based in Redditch, Worcestershire and offer quality c...

  • Worthenbury Wines

    We planted our first vines in the spring of 1991. We then went on holiday, and returned to wonder...

  • SAAM Mountain Vineyards

    SAAM is Afrikaans for ‘together’. This captures the very essence of the SAAM Mountain Vineyards’ ...

  • Wickham Vineyards

    Discover the pleasures of English wine and experience a taste of the Hampshire countryside here a...

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United Kingdom on Snooth

  • Hush Heath Balfour Brut Rose 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Plymouth Original Gin England Rated 1990

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    A good solid, neutral gin, without too much of any particular botanical or citrus. I like it, among other purposes, for a drink I call the Stiles (4 parts Plymouth, 1 part Lillet blanc, 1 part St. Germain liqueur). Irrelevant anecdote: the excellent Eastern Standard restaurant and bar in Boston refers to this as "the Spirit of Plymouth" on their... Read More

    Wine review by gr


  • Tanqueray Gin NV

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    Solid, basic gin, comparable favorably with Bombay Dry, it has plenty of juniper flavor, but is much easier to drink than lesser gins. Although it's the bottom rung on the gins in my home bar, I couldn't do without it (making a G&T out of South gin, for example, is just a waste). Read More

    Wine review by gr


  • Tanqueray No. Ten Gin 2013

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    Once my favorite gin, and easily distinguishable from the base Tanqueray product. It is crisp and clear, with plenty of juniper, and makes a great martini, whether garnished with olives, fruit, or not at all. Read More

    Wine review by gr


  • Eric Kent Syrah Dry Stack Vineyard Bennett Valley Sonoma County 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by vhimsical


  • Johnnie Walker Gold 18 Year

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    No written review

    Wine review by elliottback


  • Ardbeg Scotch-10 Year 2006

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    recommandé par christian: bon scotch. fort goût Read More

    Wine review by daredaremotus


  • Talisker 10 Year Aged NV

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    recommendé par christian: scotch de base, plus goûteux Read More

    Wine review by daredaremotus


  • Oban 1995

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    recommendé par christian: bon, goût fort Read More

    Wine review by daredaremotus


  • R Wines Shiraz Strong Arms 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jkagel


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