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Can you name the Wine Regions in England?
Although England may be relatively unknown for its wine production, it has in fact established a name for its self on the global winemaking scene with a selection of outstanding wine producers making themselves known.
Once a country that did not seem ideal for winemaking, thanks to new scientific developments, grape varieties, and a noticeable shift in climate, England wine production is now booming.
In this article, we’ll explore the wine regions in England and discover it’s most successful wines.
A beautiful part of the country, East Anglia has won many awards for its wine production. South-facing hills, low average rainfall, and higher average sunshine hours produce fantastic conditions for winemaking.
The soil in this region is loam (clay, silt, and sand), which is also ideal for growing plants. Norfolk and Suffolk make up this region and are known for producing Pinot Noir and Schönburger red wines, as well as Bacchus, Solaris, Reichensteinera, and Seyval Blanc white wines.
Stretching from Farnham to the white cliffs of Dover, South Facing Surrey consists of chalky soils that are identical to those found in the Champagne region of France.
In a good year, this region sees plenty of sunshine and is relatively sheltered making it perfect for growing cool-climate grapes & producing roughly a quarter of England’s wine. Making it one of the most well-known wine regions in England.
The wines produced in this region include; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. Expect chalky wines, with a mineral character and bright acidity, similar to wines of Kent and Sussex.
Kent has a slightly warmer climate than the rest of the country making it a more viable region for growing grapes. The North Downs offer free-draining chalk and limestone soil which produces a chalky flavour in its wines.
The South-Facing slopes ensure that the vines receive ample sunlight throughout the day making for fantastic sparkling wines.
Kent wines include; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Ortega, Bacchus, and Chardonnay. These wines are often described as having a mineral nose and high acidity with notes of apples and pears.
Situated in central southern England, Hampshire is a very rural wine region in England. Most of Hampshires vineyards occupy the southeast of the country in the rolling hills of the South Downs.
These hills replicate the soils in the champagne region of France which are again chalky, making them ideal for coping with the heavy rainfall which is so common in the UK.
This region stays relatively cool allowing winemakers to produce sparkling wines such as Chardonnay and red wines including Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Located in the South-east of England, Sussex is known for its beautiful countryside landscapes and scenery. The warmest of the wine regions in England, this area sees much less rain than the rest of the country. This is not to say that winemakers don’t have to battle with the weather, it is still England.
The Soil here is identical to that in Champayne France and is the perfect base for growing grapes for sparkling wines.
The climate remains cool even though it sees a good level of sunshine. The wines include; Bacchus, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc white varieties, as well as Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier reds.
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