The UK champagne market is becoming increasingly diverse as the number of growers exporting to the UK continues to rise. According to figures released by the CIVC today, the number of growers shipping to the UK rose from 205 in 2014 to 216 in 2015. The increase is part of a continuing trend, following a rise from 187 in 2013.
'This represents a significant effort from the growers,' said Vincent Perrin, managing director of the Comité Champagne, talking exclusively to Imbibe. Global grower shipments were down 3.6% to 60.9 million bottles in 2015, making the UK an increasingly important market for growers. 'The whole of the EU is now a key market for growers,' added Perrin.
The rise is part of an overall increase in champagne shipments to the UK, which rose from 307m bottles in 2014 to 312.5m in 2015. According to Bruno Paillard, chairman commission communication and appellation Champagne, sales are being driven by non-vintage champagne. 'There doesn't seem to be a big market for vintage or prestige cuvées in the UK,' he said.
Commenting on the 2015 vintage, he explained that the yield was 10,000kg/ha and that quality was good. 'There's no doubt that 2015 will be declared a vintage by most producers,' he added.