England is proud of being a quality manufacturer of products such as pharmaceuticals, airplanes, beers, ciders, apart from wine. The making of wine has been left to countries which are located in the mainland of Europe since England did not have the right weather. The climate in England is considered to be terrible by the people who called the recent rise in temperatures as a freakish heat wave and not summer.
However, the wine industry is coming up even if it cannot compete with the wine growing regions abroad. Since 2012, the sale of English sparkling wine has gone up considerably, perhaps due to the Olympics. Scores of domestic wine labels can be seen on the shelves of stores like Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. A new English wine will be introduced by Waitrose next year.
The Foreign Office, last year, served more English wines, perhaps because people did not complain. The royal family has also come up to buoy local wine, and Windsor Great Park, the Queen has stated selling English wines. The Duchess of Cornwall wants the sparkling wine to be given an exotic name, to give it competing power against the foreign wine labels.
The birth of English wine is considered to be a renaissance given that it was once considered to be an oxymoron, next to products such as fat-free cheese or calorie-free chocolate. This perception has always been the norm, although it is taking a turn-around recently.
When Britain was still a part of the larger European land mass, the area in the south-east of the country was attached to the modern champagne region in France. This is the reason why the consumption of wine was abundant during the Roman times.
This also happened briefly between 950 and 1250 AD, when a global increase in climactic temperature all over the world took an upward trend, thereby giving England the proper climate to grow grapes.