The UK’s wine reputation has previously lagged behind its continental counterparts. Not any more.
Global warming, investment and better understanding of the tricky maritime climate have put the UK’s wines firmly on the map.
Part of this recent success is the embracing of wine tourism. Many experts believe that when visitors taste wine in situ, they engage with ‘the story’ and then spread the word to their friends.
One of the best UK wine visits is Camel Valley in Cornwall. It is blessed with near-perfect vineyard conditions and close proximity to the popular holiday destinations of Rock and Padstow, the latter home to chef Rick Stein’s foodie and tourism empire.
Camel Valley is a former winner of the Best Sparkling Rosé Trophy at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) against hot competition from top Champagne names. A visit to the vineyard confirms the commitment to visitors, with friendly tours and holiday accommodation on site.
English Wine Week is an annual event each June. For info on UK vineyards and wineries to visit, see English Wine Producers and DrinkBritain.
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