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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Seyval Blanc

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

  • King

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Blue Cove

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

  • Barnsole Vineyard

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

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United Kingdom on Snooth

  • Plymouth Original Gin England Rated 1990


    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


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by vhimsical

  • Johnnie Walker Gold 18 Year


    No written review

    Wine review by elliottback

  • Ardbeg Scotch-10 Year 2006


    recommandé par christian: bon scotch. fort goût Read More

    Wine review by daredaremotus

  • Talisker 10 Year Aged NV


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

    Wine review by daredaremotus

  • Oban 1995


    recommendé par christian: bon, goût fort Read More

    Wine review by daredaremotus

  • R Wines Shiraz Strong Arms 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by jkagel

  • R Wines Shiraz Strong Arms 2006


    This wine is a deep red. The nose was difficult for me to discern - maybe a blackberry but very earthy. The flavor included a touch of black licorice. It went great with grilled steaks. Read More

    Wine review by trecker

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