English White Wine

English white wine, is almost like a closely guarded secret among wine connoisseurs and thanks to near-perfect recent harvests over the last decade, it is swiftly rising to prominence. While commercially over-shadowed by European rivals, this shouldn’t put you off. If anything, quite the opposite. From the thirst-quenching English Sauvignon Blanc’s which are packed with a zesty, aromatic taste of the typical British summer, to the highly sought-after Pinot Blanc’s English white wine is definitely worth exploring. Ideal with chicken, light salads and white fish, when you find one that particularly appeals you will wonder why you haven’t tried it before.

Blackbook Winery is an urban winery located in a railway arch in Battersea, South London. Their philosophy is simple: blending tradition with innovation. The grapes are sourced from carefully selected growers, who have vineyards within hours of the city and high quality grapes. Blackbook endeavours to bring the hard work of the vineyard owners to the forefront, by creating a range of single vineyard wines that showcase the quality and potential of producing world-class still wine in England. Focussing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Blackbook uses a minimalist approach, with low to zero sulphur and natural yeasts, as they seek to reflect the vibrancy, culture and energy of London in their wines.

Charles and Ruth Simpson have been making award-winning wines in the South of France since 2002. In 2012, attracted by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity to become part of one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world, they brought their expertise back to the UK, establishing Simpsons Wine Estate. Aspiring to produce the finest quality English wine, they planted 30 hectares of vineyards on the iconic chalk terroir of the North Downs and built a state-of-the-art gravity fed winery. In 2016, the Simpsons saw their first harvest. With a strong focus on provenance, they produce a highly-acclaimed range of exclusively estate-grown still and sparkling wines, including the Chalklands Classic Cuvée 2016, which won a gold medal in the 2019 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.

Rich in viticultural heritage, according to parish records, the first vineyards were planted in Purleigh, Essex in the Middle-Ages, where the vines flourished and supplied The Crown. The New Hall Wine Estate was established in 1969 when Bill and Sheila Greenwood planted the vineyard and pioneered the Crouch Valley vineyard movement, making it one of the oldest commercial vineyards in the UK. The family-run estate is now in the hands of the third generation. The vineyard benefits from a special microclimate; Purleigh is one of the warmest and sunniest spots in the country, making it ideal for premium viticulture. The New Hall Wine Estate has 49 hectares under vine, one of the largest plantings of Bacchus in the UK and an impressive newly-built estate winery. The young, dynamic and internationally experienced team nurture the grapes from the vine to glass to produce award-winning wines which showcase English Wine at its very best.

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