Premium sparkling wine on the other side of the Channel
France does vigilantly observe them. The Royal House and Downing Street belong to their customers. They receive more and more applause during the international tastings. There are not that many winemakers in England, however partly they convince with outstanding quality, especially in the category of sparkling wines. Well, the British Isles are not primarily known for their wine culture. Also the UK-weather, at best is unpredictable, does not seem to be convenient for cultivating the sun-hungry vine, much less for organic winegrowing. Basically, it is more about dare, modern farming methods and valuable experience with the fungus-resistant cultures, which are certainly relevant for the increase in the number of small wineries carrying on the heritage of the medieval abbeys in England and Wales, and even supposedly of the ancient Romans.
Low spirits and the Renaissance – the contribution of a chemical scientist and a writer…
Before the renaissance, the commercial English winemaking went through a stillstand gap of more than 25 years during the 20th century. Only after the Second World War two pioneers, Ray Barrington and Edward Hymans succeeded to breathe new life into winemaking tradition, for their reasons. One of them was a chemical scientist awarding a research contract to himself to discover which grape varieties are the best to thrive in the British Isles. The other one’s occupation was to write books about horticulture. He maintained his vineyard for research purposes. And finally, the Major-General Sir Arthur Guy Salisbury-Jones joined both pioneers and planted 4000 vines in the county of Hampshire, and in 1955 he sold first British wine since the end of the First World War. Weiterlesen