Wines of Great Britain, aka WineGB, held their annual trade and press tasting event in London on 4 September.
WineGB is the national association for English and Welsh wine producers, working hard to establish Great Britain as one of the world’s great quality wine regions.
This shouldn’t be too hard to do as the industry grows; currently England and Wales have over 2500 hectares under vine, with 160+ wineries and 700 or so vineyards.
While our sparkling wines are well-known internationally, these days we are also increasingly producing world-class award-winning whites, rosés and even reds.
With 129 wines on offer grouped by style on a central tasting table, and many more available on the individual producers’ stalls, it would be difficult – not to say invidious – to name our personal favourites, However, the actual award-winners can be found at
WineGB South East’s Wine Visitors’ Guide
Wine tourism was also a major theme at this year’s event, with tours of English vineyards now being increasingly marketed to both domestic and international visitors.
We were most taken with WineGB South East’s attractive and informative free Wine Visitors’ Guide, launched at the event and covering places to eat and stay as well as vineyards and wineries to visit in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Hopefully similar guides for other regions will soon follow.