Bubbles from Britain are on the rise!
With Brexit looming over the UK we are in need of a bit of sparkle to power us through these uncertain times. Instead of heading South to France why not start your journey down in our rolling countryside, watching the vines grow and curl with excitement as the summery British weather provides perfect conditions for ripening.
Stephen Skelton MW explains “Britain is famous for its fruit – strawberries, apples, blackcurrants – and rightly so; it cannot be beaten. We have great acidity from our cool climate and great physiological ripeness from our long growing season. And that’s the same for our grapes”. The South East and East of England are the perfect climates for growing grapes! Over the last 16 years English sparkling wines have started picking up loyal fans and awards, culminating in the exciting news last year that Taittinger have invested in a Kent vineyard, the first Grand Marque Champagne house to do so in the UK.
Our Le Verre de Vin systems have been installed at many of these new on-trend vineyards and their restaurants to boost fizz and wine-by-the-glass sales and to abolish waste. Here are just a few for you to look out for:
West Street Vineyard
Our Le Verre de Vin Pod Bar is installed at this beautiful Essex Vineyard providing them with the key to perfectly preserving all their still and sparkling wine with a freshness guarantee. This magnificent vineyard is owned by The Mohan Family who love wine! Check out the variety of West Street wines, which can be enjoyed in their restaurant alongside fresh local food or purchase them to take home. We can entirely agree with Euripides who is quoted on their website: “When there is no wine, there is no love.”
The Leaping Hare // Wyken Vineyards
This Suffolk Vineyard’s magnificent restaurant has our Le Verre de Vin technology installed to provide their customers with the #Perfectserve. The Wyken Bacchus won an award for ‘English Wine Of The Year in 2009’. “Housed in a converted 14th century barn, the Leaping Hare restaurant has been in the Good Food Guide for 20 consecutive years, as well as being a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide.” Wyken Vineyard provides the perfect Suffolk scene of rolling fields and quaint woodland situated near Ixworth with some 12,000 vines planted across 7 acres. The Leaping Hare restaurant is a beautiful dining experience and certainly one to add to your weekend adventures!
Chapel Down Winery // Tenterden Vineyard
This chalky soil in Kent is the perfect ingredient for stellar wines. Set amongst 22 acres of vineyards, recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, “The Home of English Wine” (in their own words!), Chapel Down is only 90 miles North of the exclusive Champagne region of France so we can safely say this English wine is sitting on a splendid soil! Our Pod Bars are in place to keep Chapel Down’s wines in great condition between tastings. The principle grape varieties grown here are: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus. Chapel Down’s ‘Kit’s Coty Coeur De Cuvée 2013’ has been placed on the Top 10 English Sparkling wines list, click here to check it out. Make sure to give this beautiful vineyard a visit when you’re next in the South East!
With English wine trending across the trade we are set to see a rise in by the glass sales as consumers grow ever more curious about these home grown treasures. Vineyards are just one segment of the On-trade who benefit from our Le Verre de Vin technology, meeting the growing consumer demand for a range of quality English wines by the glass with each being served in perfect drinking condition.
It’s not just the British who are getting all the fun this Summer! Our ever increasing International distribution network of 45+ partners covering over 80 countries make sure your wine and fizz are perfectly preserved. Check out our Instagram @Bermarcollection and Twitter @BermarUk for all wine and fizz updates.