Viticulturists have produced some of the best wines by growing their vines on the chalky slopes of the North Downs - a great environment to produce some of the best wines in the world. It’s even been rumored that French Champagne makers have been looking into acquiring land in Surrey as it’s far cheaper than other chalky areas in France, English wine-growers, especially those in the South-East and London choosing this type of soil to grow their vines, and as a result their businesses are blossoming.
One of these vineyards is Denbies, one of the largest wine producers in the UK and situated not far from Dorking. Chris White the general manager whose family originally bought the then pig-farm and turned it into a vineyard now produce some of the best sparkling wines in the world. Something he says was unimaginable when his family started out producing their own wine in the 1980’s.
“When we started out it was not all that easy,” he says. “People were not sure about English wine. But now saying that we are an English wine is one of our best and biggest strengths.“Demand has never been higher, from supermarkets and customers alike.”
Even the royal family has realised just how good UK produced wine is - serving it up to President Obama at Buckingham Palace and then again for the Jubilee. The Queen is also selling it from Windsor Great Park, the Duchess of Cornwall has also requested that we give UK sparkling wine a jazzier name so that it can compete with its Mediterranean rivals.
So next time you choose a bottle of sparkling wine on an evening out, rather than buying a Cava, Proseco or Champagne why not try one of the locally grown multi-gold award winning Denby wines.
If you would like to find out more information about the selection of locally grown wines why not check out the Denby website @ http://www.denbies.co.uk/
Source:London Loves Business - Photograph: Denby's Sparkling Wine