Waitrose backs innovation in English wine

Waitrose is set to list the UK’s first canned English sparkling wine as well as an English orange wine, as it continues to seek out key emerging trends in drinks.

The Uncommon is described as “the UK’s first and only English sparkling wine in a can” and its 2018 vintage – which comprises a bubbly white and bubbly rose variant – will be in Waitrose stores from May 20.

The 2018 vintage builds on the success of its first 2017 vintage, which sold out in just six months. The brand was created by Henry Connell and Alex Thraves and the wines are made in London using hand-harvested grapes from vineyards in Hampshire, Surrey and Kent.

The white wine (£4.99) is called “Gerald” and is made from Bacchus grapes while the rose (£5.99), called “Eleanor” is made with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.

The wine is presented in single-serve aluminium cans, which are 100% recyclable and lightweight.

The supermarket is also adding an English orange wine, called Litmus Orange, which will be stocked in stores from the end of June.

The wine is made by Litmus Wine’s winemaker John Worontschak and it is made from 100% Bacchus gapes, aged on skins, before ageing in French oak for nine months.

Wine buyer, Victoria Mason, said: “We are very excited to have an orange wine on our shelves, one of the very few being made in England. Canned wine is becoming increasingly popular and we are proud to be adding two excellent effervescent English wines to our successful range.”

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