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

  • Winbirri Vineyards

    Winbirri Vineyards first plantings stated just over 6 years ago in the beautiful Norfolk countrys...

  • Wickham Vineyards

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

  • Blue Cove

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

  • Nyetimber Vineyard

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

  • Sandyford Vineyard

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

  • 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

  • Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18yearold

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    I read that this Scotch is one of the best. Not being an expert it's hard to decide if it's the best or not, but surely the taste full of different flavors made a huge impression on me. It's heavy and strong, and you can't deny it's great! Read More

    Wine review by JMSkelnik


  • Mrs Walker's Drumgray Highland Cream Liqueur

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    Absolutely delicious.Blows Baileys out of the water. Read More

    Wine review by JonL


  • Lagavulin 16 Yr Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by elliottback


  • Angus the Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by winewinewine


  • Three Olives Vodka 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by AnthonyDoll


  • Harvey's Bristol Cream

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    No written review

    Wine review by Karyyk


  • 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


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