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

  • 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...

  • 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

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

  • Blue Cove

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

  • SAAM Mountain Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Sandyford Vineyard

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

  • Tas Valley Vineyard

    Welcome to the Tas Valley Vineyard website - the ultimate destination for personalised wine label...

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  • Glenkinchie 12yo NV


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    Wine review by Daniel Young

  • Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch 15 Years Old Solera Reserve NV


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    Wine review by Daniel Young

  • Bulldog London Dry Gin NV


    What an incredible gin. It has a floral fragance combined with some lemon and spices. When you drink is very unctuos kind of sweet and very balanced, alcohol is not feeled until you sense the spicy finish. A well-balanced gin. Yesterday I had the oportunity to meet its creator Anshuman Vohra and what he said was "I just want to have a good cockt... Read More

    Wine review by CheloSpahn

  • J & B Scotch Ultima 1980


    Acceptable scotch for on the rocks, sweet and light peat Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Barnsole Vineyard Red Reserve 2006


    Was very surprised to visit a winery on my trip to England. I particularly enjoyed this wine which is made up of Rondo and Regent red grapes and a type of pinot noir called precoce. The color was ruby red, aromas of blackberry jam and slight mint. Nice acidity, light-medium bodied, smooth berry finish. A real surprise! Read More

    Wine review by Anna Savino

  • Chapel Down Rosé Blend Rosé 2009


    I said divine apricot colour but reviewer above more accurate with 'delicate smoked salmon pink'. The nose is ever-so-slightly earthy on its strawberries, In the mouth those strawberries are mouthwateringly acidic in a highly well-balanced package. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley

  • Down Under Shiraz Down Under Shiraz


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    Wine review by SolidGroovin

  • Harveys Harveys Bristol Cream


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    Wine review by annecara

  • Johnnie Walker Malt Red Label 2006


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Boodles NV


    Not unpleasant but needs more zing! Weak botanicals for a British dry gin. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

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