In the recent past, UK has experienced rapid growth with 2013 alone harvesting slightly below 4.5 million bottles. This is the same year UK Vintners celebrated its 650th anniversary! The company which started as a link in the import, regulation, and sale of wine in the UK maintains its charity and education role through Vintners Foundation.
Such figures are a clear indication that the UK wine industry is undergoing a healthy growth period. UK wines have in the past received stiff competition from their cousins, the French wines, but the recent growth is a clear indication that they have started being taken seriously. Below are the top 5 wine companies whose wine brands you can taste at the UK Vintners.
The Cornish vineyard was set up in 1989 by Bob Lindo, an ex-RAF pilot together with his wife, Annie. Over the years, they have continued supplying sparkling wines and have managed to win several awards whereby their wine, Cornwall Brut 2010 scooped the golden gong during the International Wine Challenge. At the 2012 Decanter Wine Awards, their Pinot Nor Brut managed to win a gold medal.
The estate has been growing vines for a very long time, but it is not until in the 1970’s that Juliet Linter revived the property to light. In 2007, Bolney Estate’s Blanc de Blancs won the Gold Outstanding medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. The estate is known for making varieties of tastes of white, red and rose wines.
The vineyard of Hush Heath is located in Weald of Kent at a manor house and is dedicated to producing world-beating quality rose wine. The company has already won several awards through their Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Brut Rose, which is made of variety Champagne grapes of Chardonnay. This wine company has a history of making still and sparkling white and rose wines.
The vineyard started as a farmyard until Stuart, and Sandy Moss turned it into winemaking in 1988. The vineyard is located in West Sussex and was the first British vineyard to grow entirely champagne grapes. In 2007, the wine company’s Blanc de Blanc wine won the International Wines and Spirits Competition gold medal.
Ridgeview Wine Estate
This family owned vineyard located in East Sussex and founded in 1994 dedicated to producing sparkling white wines. Their Chardonnay Marksman produced for M&S won a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge in 2009.
Wines from these companies among other illustrious and exciting brands can be bought from the UK Vintner.