Largest shipment of English sparkling wine sets sail to the US

19 August 2016

Another team GB is making the country proud - one that requires a lot more cork popping than on an Olympic podium.

The biggest ever shipment of English sparkling wine has set sail for the US today - the largest shipment of wines to any international market.

Over 5,000 bottles of the fizz have been set afloat, following a transatlantic partnership between drinks exporter The British Bottle Company and New-Jersey-based Vine Street Imports. The deal is a crucial step towards the fulfilment of UK wine producers' promise to achieve a tenfold increase in English wine exports by 2020 – increasing their value to over £30m.

Producers Digby Fine English, Hush Heath Estate, Bolney Wine Estate and Camel Valley are all included in the first container of 12 wines from across the country.

Being distributed to specialist retailers and restaurants, initial states receiving the shipment will include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Georgia, Montana and Maryland. A further shipment of wines from The British Bottle Company's portfolio will follow in the new few months.

Following the Colombus-esque voyage, The British Bottle Company will exhibit at leading US trade fairs, organising marketing and brand-building activities – including a wine portfolio press launch at the British Consul's New York residence on 13 October.

Andrea Leadsom, environmental secretary, commented saying: 'The English wine industry is going from strength to strength thanks to the innovation and hard work of our wine growers. Our English wine producers are creating some of the best wines in the world, winning gold after gold at prestigious international awards.'

'It's fantastic to see our vintners flying the flag for British produce and today's milestone shows our wine trade is very much open for business and in high demand across the globe,' she continued.

Julia Trustram Eve, marketing director of English Wine Producers, added: 'As the reputation of English wine attracts ever more global attention, the US is a clear priority market for exports. These four producers are joining other English wineries now exporting to the US, which include Ridgeview, Chapel Down, Wiston, Gusbourne, Hambledon and Hattingley Valley.'

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