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British and Nordic vineyards ‘can end the era of champagne’

Vineyards in northern Europe can smash the dominance of champagne and prosecco as international temperatures rise, the head of England’s largest winemaker has mentioned.

Around 200m bottles of glowing wine are bought in the UK each year, with slightly below half of that Italian prosecco and round a 3rd French champagne.

However, “more unpredictable” climate round southern Europe is opening up the alternative for newer international locations to brush in with their very own glowing wines, based on Andrew Carter, the chief government of Chapel Down.

Mr Carter mentioned: “There is a real opportunity for English sparkling wine and for other regions of the world to start to produce sparkling wines that can challenge the hegemony of champagne.”

Experts say rising circumstances in the UK are presently much like these seen in the Champagne area of France in the Nineteen Seventies, when some of the highest quality champagne was produced. Other international locations together with Sweden, Norway and Denmark have been investing closely of their wine areas.

Mr Carter was talking as Chapel Down posted a 9pc leap in revenues for 2021, spurred by it shifting extra bottles of its glowing wines. It bought 39pc extra bottles of that sort of wine final year in comparison with a year earlier.

Chapel Down swung to a £790,000 pre-tax revenue for 2021, in comparison with a £7.9m loss the year earlier, largely all the way down to it recording distinctive prices from the sale of its beer and cider arm.

The winemaker, which can quickly have round 900 acres below vine, mentioned price inflation was a “challenge”, with issues resembling glass and packaging rising for the business.

Mr Carter mentioned: “We have been able to offset it by passing cost price increases through to the customer, and that does mean that our retail pricing has increased slightly from our point of view of consumers.”

He mentioned English glowing wine was nonetheless cheaper and higher worth than a bottle of champagne.

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