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From TeamGB at the Olympics to WineGB in our glassware, as the two main British/English wine associations merge into one newly branded body.

Sales of English wine show that the sector is rising above the level of consumer curiosity to a serious pleasure proposition for British drinkers. There was a recorded 9% rise in sales across the board last year with Marks & Spencer showing a 15% increase.

The proliferation of wine production in England and Wales is largely a result of longer ripening times due to climate change, though wine producers here are still facing huge challenges from persistent or unseasonal weather events such as wet weather or late frosts. 

On the flip side, the industry is also maturing and wines with age are starting to show fascinating character and complexity that will draw in more GB drinkers. More and more retailers are stocking English wine alternatives that are usually priced slightly beneath the well-known brands of Champagne and above those of prosecco or cava.

Cooler climate often means higher acidity in the wine which can lend itself to a “racey” character that perfectly suits aperitifs and parties. If you haven’t yet been tempted by WineGB then it might be time to delve in and fill your glass.

The new branding will also help establish the UK wine identity in foreign markets. At a time when foreign trade is front and centre on the national agenda, it maybe that WineGB can set sail on a wave of optimism. Let’s hope so!

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Key industry events and activities include:

Wines of Great Britain Trade & Press Tasting – Thursday 26th April, RHS Lindley Hall, London SW1

English Wine Week and Welsh Wine Week – Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June



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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.



Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.


Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.


The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.


Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 


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