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

  • Bookers Vineyard

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

  • Cairn O'Mohr Winery

    Cairn O’Mohr award winning Scottish fruit wines are made from berries, flowers and leaves that gr...

  • Charlie Herring

    Charlie Herring Ltd is a UK based company with projects underway to produce wine in South Africa,...

  • SAAM Mountain Vineyards

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

  • Denbies Wine Estate

    Denbies English Vineyard is situated in Dorking,Surrey. An all weather destination, the "Indoor...

  • Balti Wines

    The Balti Wine range consists of blended wines from the new world in 3 white and 2 red varietie...

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  • Barnsole Vineyard Red Reserve 2006

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    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

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    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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    No written review

    Wine review by SolidGroovin


  • Harveys Harveys Bristol Cream

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    No written review

    Wine review by annecara


  • Johnnie Walker Malt Red Label 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Boodles NV

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

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Allegrini Amarone Classico 2007

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Origine Islay Malt Scotch Whisky 10 Year NV

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    This is a very good "Smoky" Scotch! it's obvious that the above negative reviews came from persons who know very little about various scotch's. It has a very distinctive initial taste and a nice pleasurable after taste. Well worth the money. Read More

    Wine review by jeley


  • Chivas Regal 18 Years NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Chivas Regal 18 Years NV

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    Wine review by alanb1108


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