Made in England
Published by Lindsey Marden on 12/07/2018
Winery and Events Manager Lindsey looks at London Cru's role in the growth of English wines.
As we are featuring wines ‘Made in Europe’ this month, it seemed only right that we should consider our own winery, sitting a floor below the offices of Roberson Wine in West London.
For the last 6 years we have been making wines under the London Cru brand, establishing ourselves as a serious winemaker with numerous award-winning wines in our portfolio and a strong client base. Our claim to be ‘London’s only’ urban winery has, however, now been fine-tuned to ‘London’s first’ since the launch of several new urban wineries, not just in London but around the UK.
We are both flattered and proud to see the concept take off and we love a challenge, so in the last six months we’ve rolled up our sleeves and refurbished our winery, creating a dedicated, stylish new tasting room and events space and have concentrated our efforts in sourcing and making only English wine, with carefully selected grapes from our home turf.
Why make only English wine? Our most successful wines have consistently been made from English grapes, illustrating that people in London love quality, locally-grown and made wine. We’ve seen our friends in the restaurant trade listing more English wines too, reflecting their increased quality and consumer demand for local produce.
The general buoyancy of the English wine market can’t be overlooked either, with a 2017 WSTA report stating that the UK wine market is the 6th largest wine market in the world and the 2nd largest trader by volume AND value. There are 503 vineyards and 133 wineries in the UK, and a million vines were planted in 2017.
2018 looks set to the follow this growth pattern, with Wine GB’s Julia Trustram Eve saying, “we have seen year-on-year growth for the last 10 years now – hectarage has doubled in the last decade – and it is set to continue.” Recent predictions suggest 1.7m vines being planted this year.
As we’ve started the summer with record-breaking temperatures and hours of sunshine, all bodes well for English wines in 2018 and we are excitedly looking forward to what we can do with this year’s crop.
While you’re waiting for the 2018 wines - try our 2017 West Sussex English Chardonnay, Chancery Lane">. Light and delicate in the mouth with aromas of fresh green apples and pears, it’s best when chilled to perfection and paired with a seafood salad on these glorious summer evenings.
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