UK wine growers celebrating ‘ideal’ 2018

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The UK is facing a dream harvest for 2018, with the atypically warm, sunny summer providing a bumper crop of high quality grapes.

The last five years in particular have seen a huge increase in area under vine, and with yields expected to be good UK wine producers are looking at a record-breaking crush.

Three Choirs in Gloucestershire reported its earliest harvest on record

The sunshine has advanced picking dates by two weeks or so – the first grapes were brought in last week – and quality is exceptional.

From Wales to the Wash, growers are reporting big volumes of healthy grapes, with little regional variation.

‘The whole UK wine industry is excited about the potential this harvest brings which will probably lead to the highest level of production ever,’ said Simon Robinson, Chairman of WineGB and owner of Hampshire-based Hattingley Valley. ‘Growing conditions across the country have been ideal and this shows in both excellent quality and high yield.’

The UK wine industry is on a roll at the moment. Vineyard area has doubled in the last ten years, and the country took home a record haul of medals from Imbibe’s Sommelier Wine Awards this year, picking up more gold medals than Champagne.

The across-the-board good news from this year is particularly welcome after 2017, when many growers lost a significant amount of crop due to spring frosts.

Featured images courtesy of Biddenden Vineyards, Kent

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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