We’ve long championed the wines of England: over recent years we’ve featured outstanding producers that we think demonstrate the potential of the best of British produce. And now we’re thrilled to add to this range of wines, demonstrating the current excitement around the region.
England, in the words of Oz Clarke, is “The Newest New World Wine Nation”. It’s home to serious vineyards and wineries, producing serious wines. Spending time visiting the South Downs, it’s obvious what makes this a brilliant place for growing grapes. The pure chalk soils are not only free-draining, but reflect the sun’s heat back onto the grapes, while south-facing slopes feel almost mediterranean in the summer sun. Comparisons with Champagne might seem clichéd, but it’s no coincidence that we’re seeing more and more investment from the Grandes Marques in the vineyards of southern England.
We are also excited to introduce our first English still wines to the Lay & Wheeler portfolio, from Flint Vineyard in Norfolk, renowned for its dry climate and long sunshine hours, helping produce ideal grape-growing conditions for still wines.
And then there’s the people. They are genuine trailblazers, pushing English wine to new heights. Examples include Nyetimber’s Cherie Spriggs, who is widely recognised as one of the finest sparkling winemakers in the world. Meanwhile, at Hambledon, Rathfinny and Flint, owners Ian Kellet, Mark Driver and Ben Witchell respectively, all studied winemaking at Plumpton College, such is their passion and commitment to their projects.
This offer includes wines that have caught our eye and showcase the variety that England has to offer. Many are available only in small quantities, particularly those in large formats. We invite you to discover this truly exciting wine region.