English winery, Chapel Down is one of a few wineries in England that are forging the way forward for English wine. They recently have joined forces with Harvey Nichols to launch two new wines - a Blanc de Blancs 2007 and a Chardonnay Reserve 2010.
This just reinforces the clear demonstration of the exploding interest in English wine amongst both domestic and international shoppers.
This speak of a booming production along with mounting interest across the Channel for national wines – a product which, even just a decade ago, most Frenchmen would simply refrain from tasting, is phenomenal. Maybe we will be able to literally drink our way out of the recession?!
Elsewhere in the South, it’s the Ridgeview vineyard in the South Downs that has caught the attention over the last few weeks, with a now impressive production of around 240,000 bottles a year, a tenfold increase on the initial output. Among the other rising stars of the English wine industry are also Camel Valley in Cornwall, Nyetimber in West Sussex, and, the biggest wine producer on this side of the Channel