English and Welsh wine is growing in popularity as the UK is increasingly seen as a premium wine-producing region, competing on the world’s stage. It wasn’t until the late 20th century that England started to leave its stamp on the wine community, but now there are award-winning wines – including a number of Lyme Bay Winery’s very own English wines – taking home the top taste awards in the UK and internationally. To celebrate the rising success of English wines, the industry celebrates English Wine Week every year, where businesses can promote their products to new customers and introduce more wine enthusiasts to locally grown and produced drinks.
When is it?
English Wine Week takes place from Saturday 20th June to Sunday 28th June 2020, having been pushed back from the original dates of 23rd May to Sunday 31st May. This time of year, in the vineyards of the Northern Hemisphere, is when the buds turn into flowers and small bunches of grapes begin to grow. Winemakers will be hoping for more good weather this summer so to yield another fantastic harvest, as has happened in recent years – notably in 2018.
What Happens During English Wine Week?
Over the course of the week, vineyards and wine sellers put their focus onto English and Welsh wines, offering opportunities to taste award-winning wines and take a tour through vineyards. With a whole week dedicated to promoting the drink, it has helped to improve the role of English wine in a competitive and crowded marketplace.
In the same way craft beer festivals have helped launched the beverage to a global scale, the annual event helps put English wine on the map. In recent years, there have been record production and sales of wine produced in England and Wales, which have spiked during English Wine Week.
Outlets up and down the country, such as our cellar door Winery Shop in East Devon, will be putting English wine at the forefront, meaning enthusiasts can sample a new range. Many outlets also take the opportunity to hold dedicated tastings for regional producers.
How You Can Get Involved
English Wine Week is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the drink and sample something different from your usual. Many winemakers regard the week as a chance to market a new release and with so much on offer, it makes sense to try something else. A good harvest in 2019 will allow winemakers to continue releasing new bottles throughout the year, so you’ll be able to buy a bottle of wine that wasn’t available just a few months prior. One of the biggest draws for wine connoisseurs to get involved during English Wine Week is a chance to explore one of the country’s wineries. Many English wineries open their doors to the public, offering special tours of the estate. Visitors can learn about the methods used to create the wine, try some of the tipples, and learn more about the whole process from the first vines to the bottle on the shelf. Certain wineries are also focused on different types of wine and visiting can educate a novice wine drinker about the varieties of red and white grapes.
English Wine Week’s focus on wine grown and produced within England’s borders offers the perfect opportunity to support local producers. People up and down the country are moving to buy locally sourced and sustainable food and drink, and events like this offer consumers the chance to get a better understanding of how they can support homegrown businesses. Even if one bottle of English wine is not to your taste, there is sure to be another one that is!
Celebrate with Lyme Bay Winery
Here at Lyme Bay, we source the best grapes from the best vineyards across the UK to make the best English wines, so why not check out our award-winning selection online? If restrictions allow you may be able to pop into our shop to sample our still and sparkling ranges but if not make the most of our English Wine Week deals and we’ll hope to see you very soon..
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more English wine activity nearer the time.