Global warming is arguably the most serious threat we have ever faced as a species. But in the short term maybe the warmer British summers are helping to sustain growth in one of the most universally ridiculed pursuits; the UK wine industry.
Nearly 50 new wine producers registered with the taxman this year, bringing the total to 135. Many producers are looking to cash in on a booming sparkling wine trend which at around £550 million this year is 15% higher than last year.
Alcohol in the UK is big business, valued at around £38 billion in 2013 with around £17 billion going to HMRC in excise duty and VAT.
Hopefully English Wine Week will be even better next year as a result! Its the last week of May 2015, don’t miss it!
If you have a favourite english sparkling wine we’d love to know what it is, comment or contact us.
Full story in The Guardian.