Below is a chart (2016) showing the amount of wine that the UK imported from other countries...you will notice that we import from 13 EU countries and the amount of the spend.

 

The chart is in US dollars but gives you a good idea of how much money could be retained in the UK...even if we all simply changed 1 or 2 bottles of EU purchase for a UK produced wine!!

 

Not all supermarkets stock UK wines which is a terrible state of affairs, but probably because the EU support all their wine growers with grants.  Maybe next time you are in the supermarket it would be useful to ask why or email the buying department.

But it is not all one way traffic.. the Government reports increased exports of our own British wines:

 

UK producers are taking the opportunity to capitalise on overseas demand by exploring exporting potential in new global markets.

 

In 2017, Hattingley Valley’s ‘The Classic Reserve’ became the first English wine to get a national listing with Whole Foods in the United States, being sold in 420 stores across 40 states between November 1st and December 31st as part of its ‘Holiday Wine Programme’.

 

Overseas buyers are recognising the strength of the sector and are beginning to see the UK as an emerging premium wine region, with the potential to be among the finest in the world. The UK wine industry has identified a number of key markets, the biggest being the United States and Scandinavia which received 65% of total exports, and also emerging markets such as Japan.

 

Overall sales of English wine increased by 31% between 2015 and 2017 and by 2040, the industry is predicted to be producing 40 million bottles a year, equating to a retail value of £1 billion. The industry has also identified that exports of English wine could reach £350 million within the same time frame.

 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) have supported many notable UK wine producers on filling glasses overseas, most recently at the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival (15-20 May 2019), the premier showcase event for wine in the United States which proved to be a successful shop window for English wine.

Wines imported into the UK from other countries

 This chart will give you an idea of the amount we spend on foreign wine imports. France obviously being the nearest is the country we buy the most wine from. Consiedr buying British...yes we know that the supermarkets do not stock..but there are links on this page to help you find the Britsh vineyard nearest to you.

You like your wine, and perhaps have a favourite French, Italian or Spanish tipple?
...but you can find an equally good if not better wine from UK producers and help our country by buying British.

British Wines Explained

Sparkling

Two-thirds of the UK’s annual production is now sparkling. All English and Welsh sparkling wines are produced by the traditional (or bottle fermented) method – the same that produces Champagne. The majority of English sparkling wines are produced using the classic Champagne varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). A number of wines are also produced using other varieties grown, which possess more neutral flavours that lend well to secondary fermentation and yeast lees ageing. The majority of sparkling wines are white, but rosé and even red are now produced.


The high quality of English and Welsh sparkling wines has earned them an international reputation, along with many awards and praise. With more acreage planted, higher volumes are eagerly anticipated, and an exciting future lies ahead.
 

STILL

White

Still white wine ranges in style from dry to medium and even dessert. The naturally crisp acidity and lower alcohols produced by our climate make a delicious and refreshing glassful. Many different grape varieties produce these styles, either as a single varietal or as a blend giving flavours that range from aromatic, to fresh and fruity; sometimes oak aged to give added complexity. Dessert wines produced in the UK are a delicate balance between luscious fruit, sweetness and cleansing acidity.

Rosé

An increasingly popular style the world over, and England and Wales are no exception. Rosé wines from the UK are dry to off dry in style, and produced from a range of white and red grapes.

 Red

Our red wines are light, elegant and fruity in style due to the cooler growing conditions for our grapes. Red wines are produced using varieties such as Dornfelder or Rondo, but there are also some shining examples of red wines produced from the better-known Pinot Noir and even Gamay grapes.

There are so many good vineyards all over the UK, we have put a link here so you can find one near to your home area and buy British wines.  Great British Vineyards guide