Just in time for summer we’ve collected an array of the most flavoursome bottles the country has to offer
(wines pictured below)
Ridgeview Bloomsbury, £30 ridgeview.co.uk
An award-winning blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with tasting notes of peach, citrus and honey. This truly special tipple was the official wine served for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Lyme Bay Sandbar 2016, £14.99 lymebaywinery.co.uk
Made from flavoursome Bacchus grapes, this light-to-medium bodied wine has a fresh and zesty taste with enticing elements of grapefruit, guava and blackcurrant. It has racked up a number of awards including the Silver title for the Independent Wine Awards 2017.
Aldwick Court Farm Jubilate Quintessentially English Brut, £22 aldwickestate.co.uk
Perfect for a celebratory brunch, this sparkling wine has aromas of conference pear and hints of toast. It pairs excellently with eggs florentine and smoked salmon. A real treat for the taste buds!
Plumpton Rock Lodge Rose, £11 shop.plumpton.ac.uk
This fruity wine was made for sunny bank holidays! The rich flavours of strawberry, raspberry, plums and red cherries are ideal for those with a sweet tooth. It’s light enough to enjoy on its own or to pair with a new season salad.
Stopham Estate Pinot Gris 2017, £16 stophamvineyard.co.uk
Looking to enjoy a succulent pork roast over the long weekend? Then this is the wine for you. It is off-dry with aromatic floral and pear notes and a lively citrus and stone fruit finish.
Brightwell Vineyard Pinot Noir, £14.20 brightwellvineyard.co.uk
If you thought that the UK couldn’t produce great-tasting red wines then think again! This delightful Pinot Noir has been gently matured in oak barrels to concentrate its enticing cherryand summer berry flavours. Perfect with a decadent cheese board!
The Exquisite Collection Lyme Block, £9.99 from Aldi stores
Crafted in South Devon at Lyme Bay Winery, this dry white wine styles itself around England’s signature grape, Bacchus. Characteristically high in acidity whilst balanced by Pinot Blanc, its notes of crisp green apple, lime zest, and melon make for a mouth-watering finish.
Bolney Wine Estate Pinot Noir, £19.99 bolneywineestate.com
Bolney is one of the longest established English vineyards and the team have recently launched their new vintages, which are some of their most impressive to date! The Pinot Noir is a real highlight – light and juicy with soft tannins and red cherries on the palate.
Black Chalk Wild Rose 2016, £40 blackchalkwines.co.uk
Made with grapes hand selected from Hampshire’s best chalkland vineyard sites, this small batch bubbly is a fantastic find. With notes of wild strawberry and raspberry and a bright, refreshing palate, it’s the ultimate summer party tipple.
Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve £30 hattingleyvalley.com
Pale gold in colour with an abundance of fine bubbles, Hattingley Valley’s sparkling white has vibrant baked apple and brioche notes on the nose, with notes of soft lemon sherbet on the palate. Irresistible.
Denbies Rose Hill Rose, £11.99 ocado.com
One of the most affordable English wines on our list, this gorgeous rose is no less delicious for it. A punchy blend of of Dornfelder and Pinot Noir grapes, it’s deeply coloured and bursting with summer fruit flavours. Great with salads and fish.
Bolney Estate Foxhole English Rose, £12.99 ocado.com
Delicate and light, with a pretty coral pink colour. Aromas of red cherry, red apple, strawberry and candied pear are balanced by crisp acidity and fresh juicy finish.
Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus 2018, £17.99 chapeldown.com
Chapel Down has just released its first ever sparkling version of Bacchus for English Wine Week. The grape variety used is widely becoming known as England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc and is from the exceptional 2018 harvest.
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rose Brut, £29.99 ocado.com
Considered one of the finest sparkling English roses, this beautifully pale wine has delicate floral and strawberry aromas and a pure refreshing palate.