You know Italy as being the prime winemaker in Europe. But England? Now that’s something new. According to The Mirror, the country’s wines took home 120 medals — a record-breaking number — at last year’s International Wine Challenge. And by 2050, production of English wine will double to 10 million bottles, thanks to the Brexit vote. Without the European Union’s limits of alcohol production, England’s wine industry is predicted to skyrocket.
Are you interested to check out some of England’s up-and-coming wines? Check out these three amazing English wines below.
Nyetimber, the producers of England’s finest sparkling wine, made this pale gold Chardonnay from 100 percent estate-grown Chardonnay grapes in Sussex. Nyetimber is known for having full control of how they make their wine, as they supervise the whole process from hand picking at the very beginning, to pressing, to finally vinification at the very end.
Nyetimber’s Blanc de Blancs is definitely a wine that can rival Champagne. “We only produce a Blanc de Blancs using fruit from the finest years,” said Cherie Spriggs, Nyetimber’s head winemaker, in a press release. “I’ve fermented a small portion of the wine in new oak barrels… We have also included Chardonnay from areas of our vineyards which we haven’t used before for our Blanc de Blancs. These parcels were chosen to create a more complete and balanced wine – one that we’re all extremely proud of.”
Blanc de Blancs has gained international acclaim. It was a huge hit at the 2015 International Wine Challenge, and its pre-release won a gold medal and ‘Best in Class’ award at the 2015 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. With it’s fresh bubbles, bursts of citrus flavor and creaminess, this Chardonnay is worth trying!
Camel Valley’s sparkling rosé is made at the largest vineyard in Cornwall, which is just off the bank of the River Camel in south west England. Created entirely from pinot noir grapes, this rosé has rejuvenating aromas of strawberry and raspberry, which gives the wine it’s light, fresh and creamy flavor. Victoria Moore, a wine columnist from The Telegraph, describes the wine as “a triumph, it’s completely delicious – like a wild cherry blossom nose-kiss.”
The Pinot Noir grapes at Camel Valley are picked at just the perfect time for optimal ripeness. The grapes are placed in stainless steel, then fermented in their skins for four days to extract its salmon-peach color. The wine is lightly filtered, then spends a year and a half aging in its bottle until it’s sold.
What are your thoughts about apples in your wine? Hambledon, England’s oldest commercial vineyard, dares to be different by mixing Granny Smith apples into their Classic Cuvée. The result is a wine that tastes of fresh sourdough mixed with greengage and red plums, and scents of magnolia and lily with a hint of smoke. Does this sound like apple pie to you? Hambledon released their Classic Cuvée in 2014, but that was only after their reserve wines from 2010 had time to age.