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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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Lindisfarne Fruit Wines

    Lindisfarne Mead is produced exclusively on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, situated off the Nort...

  • Stanlake Park

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

  • Champion Wine, Binfield Vineyard

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

  • Bookers Vineyard

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

  • Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard

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

  • Nyetimber Vineyard

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

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