The wines of Great Britain

The wines of Great Britain

By: Stephen Skelton MW

Publication date: May 2019
ISBN-13 (print): 9781905940707
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902837

A comprehensive survey of the history of Great Britain's wines, as well as the current state of the wine industry and its future prospects. A large part of this important book contains detailed producer profiles, including large producers such as Nyetimber and Chapel Down, medium and small producers, brand-only and organic and biodynamic producers.

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Great Britain is a premium wine-producing region, with around 650 vineyards in England and Wales covering some 2,750 hectares and producing sparkling and still wines. English and Welsh wines have won many prestigious awards recently. Stephen Skelton is the leading authority on the wines of the UK.

The wines of Great Britain is a comprehensive survey of the history of UK wines, as well as of the current state of the wine industry and its future prospects. After a short introduction showing where UK wine is in 2019 and where it might go in the future Skelton considers the history of winemaking in the UK from King Alfred in the fifth century, through the medieval period to recent developments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The wines of Great Britain then takes us on a tour of contemporary viticulture and winemaking, examining trends in plantings and vineyard layout, varieties, rootstocks and clones, vineyard sizes, modern wineries and styles of wine. Skelton considers regional identities as well as the branding of UK sparkling wines and their market position.

A substantial part of this important book is the 21 detailed biographies of the most important, exciting and innovative producers and the wines they create. Wine businesses profiled in detail include Breaky Bottom, Chapel Down, Nyetimber, Oxney Organic Estate, Sixteen Ridges Vineyard and Yorkshire Heart Vineyard. Shorter entries on other significant or up-and-coming producers also feature.

Pages: 304
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas
Edition: 1
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Stephen Skelton MW

Stephen Skelton has been involved with growing vines and making wine since 1975. He is the English and Welsh vineyards contributor to Hugh Johnson’s and Oz Clarke’s annual wine guide and wrote the sections on English and Welsh wine in the 7th edition of the World Atlas of Wine and the 4th edition of Jancis Robinson's Oxford Companion to Wine. Stephen was a director of the English Vineyards Association and of its successor organisation, the United Kingdom Vineyards Association, from 1982 to 2003.