Echoing the record number of medals our athletes have won in Rio, English producers have seen their best year ever for competition triumphs. Across the board English wines have exceeded all previous gains in the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards, Sommelier Wine Awards, Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships and International Wine & Spirits Competition.
English wines sales are going global, with England currently exporting to 15 countries around the world. The first full container of our finest English bubbly to be shipped to any export destination left Southampton docks for the USA on 19 August. The 20-foot container was loaded with 12 different wines from across the country, including Digby Fine English, Hush Heath Estate, Bolney Wine Estate and Camel Valley.
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom MP commented,“The English wine industry is going from strength to strength thanks to the innovation and hard work of our wine growers. It’s not just our amazing Team GB making Gold in Rio – our English wine producers are creating some of the best wines in the world, winning gold after gold at prestigious international awards. It’s fantastic to see our vintners flying the flag for British produce and today’s milestone shows that our wine trade is very much open for business and in high demand across the globe.”