Famous for being a major wine-consuming country, it’s difficult to imagine that England has not attempted to produce its own wine. Perceived as having less than ideal growing conditions, due to severe winters and warmer summers, the UK’s vines have adapted over time and have learned to thrive under such circumstances.
Its specialty lies in sparkling wine making (legend has it that it was actually the birthplace of sparkling wine, although the French will never confirm such claims). With Seyval Blanc being the most widely planted grape variety in the country, England has finally narrowed it down to a few grape varieties suited for cooler climates; Reichensteiner, Müller-Thurgau, and Bacchus.
England also falls under the same rules and regulations as most wine producing countries, meaning that they also must indicate the grapes’ PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication).
The most popular appellations include: English wine, English Regional wine, Sussex, Welsh wine, and Welsh Regional wine.