Did you know that when you buy wine at the liquor store near my location, you are taking a natural local product?
The climate around the world is changing, and global warming is taking place. It is for this reason that Britain is gradually becoming a part of Europe’s wine list. All over Europe, the weather affects the quality of the wine. Today there are about 435 vineyards in Wales and England, and the harvest from them goes to 125 industries. Britain produces an average of 2.6 million bottles of wine per year. Of course, this is very little, given the growing needs of the local market, but the share is gradually increasing.
Grapes in Britain have been cultivated since the days of the Roman Empire, when the country was one of its provinces. Nevertheless, the production of wine was never a notable industry, because the kings of England until the century’s war owned a third of France.
The production of local alcohol was exotic, but by the end of the 20th century the climate had changed, and as a result, production had increased significantly in recent decades.
Currently, more than half of the vineyards are represented by French varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meniere. Thirty years ago, they did not mature in England, but now the country is warm enough for them, which is a great opportunity to make sparkling wines.
Vineyards in Britain have doubled over the past 25 years and are 1.5 thousand hectares. After examining the data of the Association of Winemakers of England, you can find out that every year in the country the area planted with vines increases by about 10%. Experts say that by 2025 the share of local wine on the British market may reach 10-15%, although it is only 2% now.
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