While the British are great amateurs of wine and vines have been grown in Great Britain before the Romans' arrival, English and Welsh vineyards are limited in surface. This is due to the fresh and humid climate of the main island. However, there is a great potential of development because of climate change, particularly for sparkling wines with geologic layers similar to the Côteaux de Champagne, of which they are the extension across the Channel.
Surface : 1438ha Production 22 700hl Consumption : 12,5 Mhl
- soils : limestone and alluvium
- climate : fresh and humid
- main grape varieties : chardonnay, pinot noir, bacchus and seyval blanc, for approximately ¾ of whites and ¼ of reds