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Is the Future of Wine in Britain?

A fascinating new study has found that temperature rises linked to climate change could see the United Kingdom as a leading wine producer by 2100. Whilst this may seem far into the future, there is real evidence which suggests a wide range of different wines will be easily produced in the UK in less than a century.

By the end of the 21st century the climate in the UK will make it possible to produce a wide range of wines from Pinot Grigio to Riesling and Pinot Noir. A rise in temperature of as much as 2 degrees Celsius and 5% more rain than at present will mean that even the notoriously chilly Scottish borders could become a fertile growing area for Pinot Grigio. As you move South down the country the range of wines which will grow with ease increases, with Essex and London perhaps even capable of growing Malbec, despite how tricky it is known to be to produce. Researchers believe the whole of the UK has benefits for different wines with different growing regions popping up as the temperature increases.

In addition to Scottish Pinot Grigio and Estuary Malbec, researchers believe the Central and East of England will be perfect for the growth of Sauvignon Blanc.

English Wine at The Fine Wine Company

At The Fine Wine Company we already stock some fine examples of wine from England and around the United Kingdom. Our English brands include Stopham Estate in West Sussex, whose offerings include this Pinot Gris. Other brands include Chapel Down, a Kent company who produce their own dry sparkling wines amongst other offerings and Hush Heath Estate who produce elegant English reds, including this Pinot Noir. For English roses vineyards including Stopham Estate, Chapel Down and Devon’s Kenton Vineyard, who produce this refreshing rose.

The majority of English wine producers are currently based in the South of the country, as the climate is more temperature here. If predictions are right though, it won’t be long before we see more vineyards across the rest of the country and a much higher yield of quality wines.

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UK’s First Sake Brewery on the Way

Buying Sake online usually involves relying on suppliers to ship the popular rice wine all the way from Japan, but this will soon change. The brewery has been approved for the Dojima Sake Brewery and it will be located at Fordham Abbey Estate in Cambridgeshire. It is the first UK facility for brewing sake and will take approximately nine months to build.

A five-year investment of £9m has made the new brewery possible and it is an exciting development and shows just how popular sake is becoming in the UK. The brewery plans to make 10,000 bottles in its first year of operation and there is the chance that sake may become even more popular and readily available.

The site of the brewery received an official, traditional Jichinsai ceremony in November, to bless and purify the building site before laying the foundations. It is a traditional Shinto celebration and involved both the Japanese ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Koji Tsuruoka and the local communities including the local MP.

The project was unanimously approved by the local East Cambridgeshire District Council and should create jobs in the local area as well as raising the UK profile of Sake.

Visit the UK Dojima Sake Brewery

The making of sake is an entirely unique process which is how it gets its distinct flavour, as well as due to its ingredients. The brewery itself will be accompanied by a visitors’ centre once it is built. This will give many visitors the chance to find out more about sake, the process used to produce it and the many different types of this special Japanese rice wine.

We have discussed the many different characteristics before in previous blogs and if you’re looking to find a new sake to try or want to buy sake online for the first time our guide to finding the perfect bottle to suit your tastes is a great place to start.