Grape vines have been grown here for centuries but England made a huge impact on the world through trade when Bordeaux was annexed in the 12th Century. The South of England enjoys the same chalky soils as Champagne  regions of France, and the menace of global warming promises a bright future for sparkling wines,  The grapes in the famous bubbly (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) already make up half the vines planted in the UK.

The main varietys here are; Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.