English sparkling wine will grow dramatically in the coming years

by Marta Burgués

Among the different types of wine, sparkling is having a great success in all kinds of markets, and some references place English sparkling wine, one of the most consumed in the country, as one of the most growing in the coming years.

Some of the recent studies on wine, such as Vinexpo, ratify this, as the English sparkling wine industry will grow 342% in the period 2007-2017.

This is due to several reasons. On the one hand, the increased production of this wine in the country, which is also the preferred by consumers. And on the other hand, a major supermarket chain (Waitrose) is buying more than 50% of the wine produced in Britain, with a variety of British wine in their establishments.

As one of the largest suppliers of wine in the UK, the Waitrose’s choosing of creating their own brand of wine is a success. This vintage is sold under the brand “Leckford” and is made with grapes from its vineyards in Leckford. The first vintage of this wine variety was developed a few years ago.

Consumer habits

Consumer habits are changing, so in England wine consumption is increasingly growing, being sparkling wine still a favourite, whether it’s French, Spanish or Italian. This makes the interest for autochthonous production to be favourable.


The other increase which explains the growth of this type of wine is due to exports, as world consumption of English sparkling wine is growing greatly.

The development of winemakers

Some winemakers confirm this success, then go from white to red grapes to give a clearer sparkling wine, seeing that consumer preferences change and they must adapt to the new parameters of society. While they comment that sparkling wine is more expensive to elaborate, as a secondary fermentation process needs more time. The quality has improved, costs have decreased and now it’s much more affordable than before.

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