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|Thursday, May 10, 2012||14:24|
The official wine production figures for the UK have just been released and reveal that hectarage in production is now the highest ever recorded, showing a rise of over 60% in just 5 years.
Production data is collected after harvest by the Wine Standards Branch (Food Standards Agency) and submitted in spring the following year. Their figures show that 2011 production exceeded 3 million bottles (3.02m).
This production figure is down from 2010, which saw a record-breaking harvest. 2011 will be remembered as a challenging year for volume; however right across the country vineyards reported that the quality of the fruit was superb, and resulting wines promise to deliver something special.
The year saw first full production harvests from some of the more recently-planted acreage, which added to the overall volume. There is a continued rise in the number of vineyards and hectarage planted, with 419 vineyards from 404 recorded in 2010 and hectarage now 1,384 – a growth of 4.5% over the previous year.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Bacchus are showing an ongoing rise in planting, with Chardonnay showing the highest increase. This reflects the continued growth of the sparkling wine sector, particularly in Southern England. More traditional varieties like Muller Thurgau continue to decline.
Notes to editors
A full list of production figures is available from English Wine Producers, or visit www.englishwineproducers.com
Other information is available from UKVA www.ukva.org.uk or contact Robert Cowley, UKVA tel: 01285 238941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Name: Julia Trustram Eve|
|Company: English Wine Producers|
|Country: UNITED KINGDOM|
|Phone: +44 01536 772264|