Once a year, wine enthusiasts from around the nation get together to celebrate all things great about English wine as part of English Wine Week. With our three Maid of Bruton wines, we're thrilled to be part of this annual celebration.
What is English Wine Week?
English Wine Week is an annual celebration that showcases and promotes the vibrant and growing wine industry in England. It typically takes place in late May or early June, spanning over a week. During this special event, wine producers, vineyards, and retailers across the country come together to raise awareness and appreciation for English wines.
When is English Wine Week?
This year, English Wine Week takes place from the 17th - 25th June.
What is English Wine?
English wine refers to wine that is produced in the vineyards of England. It is made from grapes grown in various regions across the country, where favourable climate and soil conditions allow for the cultivation of vineyards. This includes our very own Durslade vineyard based in Bruton, Somerset.
The English wine industry has experienced significant growth and recognition in recent years, with an increasing number of vineyards and wineries producing high-quality wines. The cool and often maritime climate of England, combined with the unique soil compositions found in different regions, contribute to the distinct characteristics of English wines.
What type of wine is produced in England?
English sparkling wine has gained particular acclaim and has been compared to renowned Champagne. The chalky soils in some regions of England, notably in the southern counties of Sussex, Kent, and of course Somerset, closely resemble the terroir of the Champagne region in France. This has led to the successful production of high-quality sparkling wines using the traditional Champagne method, with grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Our own Maid of Bruton Sparkling Rose exemplifies this; exhibiting a lively nose of abundant berries, fleshy stone fruit and hints of citrus zest and orange blossom.
English still wines; red, white and rose, have also gained recognition for their quality and distinct characteristics. The cool climate allows for the production of vibrant and aromatic white wines, while the increasing focus on red grape varieties has led to the creation of elegant and flavourful English red wines.
How can I celebrate English Wine Week?
Get involved with English Wine Week through tasting our own Maid of Bruton wines available exclusively at Durslade Farm Shop