English wine has come along leaps and bounds in recent years, and can now stand up to the likes of Champagne and French rosé
English wine, you say? Since when?
While the past decade has seen an influx of English wine on our shelves, it’s not some new trend. The English have been making wine for centuries – since Roman times, in fact. Records show grapes were introduced as far back as 43 AD, when Emperor Claudius began his conquest of the British Isles. What’s changed in recent years – and grabbed oenophiles’ attentions – is a marked increase in both quality and quantity. A combination of excellent new vineyard sites, world-class winemaking and widespread availability has made critics and consumers alike take notice. English wines have snagged major awards and gained international kudos, and in turn, wine drinkers are finally taking them seriously.
Our experts have selected their favourites from our ever-growing Majestic English Wine range. And, don’t forget, you get the full experience by visiting these wineries for yourself.