Trade organisation WineGB has revealed an uptick in UK vineyards. Citing Food Standards Agency data, WineGB said the number has now reached 1,030, which marks a 9.2% increase since the last annual report.

The change means that the total area under vine is now 4,209 hectares, which illustrates a growth rate of 123% over the past 10 years, the trade group said.

WineGB also reported diversification of vine plantings, which opens up the future for different wine styles.

Government data has shown that 51 different grape varieties were planted last year in the UK and the country is now home to 90 grape varieties. Within this trend, the growth of hybrid continues, now making up 8% of total plantings with top hybrid varieties including Seyval Blanc, Solaris, Rondo and Regent. 

Nicola Bates, CEO of WineGB, commented that the growth in the UK wine industry is especially impressive considering the “the wider decline in UK wine consumption”.

Bates added: “This is our year of growth and surpassing the 1,000-vineyard-mark is a real milestone for our industry and cements our position as the UK’s fastest growing agricultural sector.”

Considering the popularity of specific UK wine types, the WineGB report found that sales of sparkling wine have risen 187% since 2018 while sales of still wine have increased by 117% over the same time span. The data also revealed that 76% of the wine produced in 2023 will be made into sparkling wine, and that a larger proportion of still wines will be white.

WineGB has remarked that sales of UK wines have grown by 10% since 2022. They said the success of last year’s production is reassuring as it will enable wine producers to build up their own stocks of reserve wine, an action which ensures consistent products from year to year.

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