Raising a glass for English Wine Week
This week our team are once again celebrating and supporting English Wine Week! It runs from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June.
English Wine Week is designed to raise awareness of the fantastic variety of home-grown wine produced in England. There are celebrations and activities taking place all across the country.
Staff kicked off celebrations last week in the office with some lunchtime sampling of English Wine. We are also holding another pop-up wine shop, where staff were able to buy a selection of our clients’ award-winning English wines including Bolney, Ridgeview, Stopham and Denbies.
Record breaking year for UK wine
The UK wine industry’s trade body Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has just released the latest planting figures. These confirm that around 3 million vines were planted this year – equating to an additional 690 hectares of vineyards and a 24% increase in the overall land now under vine.
This is nearly double that planted last year (1.6 million vines) and three times the 1 million vines planted in 2017. The wine industry is now one of the fastest-growing agricultural sectors in the UK. Much of the planting has taken place in the South East of England.
These growth figures come off the back of the UK’s most successful vintage last year. This follows the superb summer and harvest of 2018 which yielded some 15.6m bottles, smashing the production figure which up until then averaged at around 5 ½ million bottles.
Another reason for celebration is the recent raft of noteworthy successes achieved by English and Welsh wines in the major international competitions so far this year. They are proving that they are very much on the world stage in competing against their peers.
At MHA Carpenter Box we are proud to support English Wine all year round and are excited about the industry’s bright future. We are Silver Patrons of WineGB and will be exhibiting at Viti-Culture 2019 to be held at Plumpton College on 11 July.
Our team has many years of experience working with Vineyards in the South East. To find out more about our services, please get in touch with one of our specialist Vineyard team on 01903 234094.