More Wine Please, We’re British

Winemaking in U.K. climbs as the number of vineyards rises to record high

Wine production in the U.K. is surging, with the number of producers increasing to almost 400 last year, according to data from accounting firm UHY Hacker Young. English sparkling wine is leading the way as “niche, local products” outperform global brands, the firm said in a statement, and more drinkers are swapping French or New World output for English alternatives. The growth in Britain comes as the world may produce the least wine this year in half a century, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine has said.

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