Sparkling wine up 80% in the UK

By Rachel Arthur contact

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UK consumers like Prosecco, Cava and English sparkling wines. Pic: iStock/ASIFE
UK consumers like Prosecco, Cava and English sparkling wines. Pic: iStock/ASIFE

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The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown from 17.6m gallons in 2011/12 to around 31.6m gallons in 2015/16: an increase of 80%.

The increase in volumes is largely due to increased consumer demand for Prosecco and Cava. But research from UHY Hacker Young says that English sparkling wine is also enjoying increased demand.

And while Brexit could affect imports of Prosecco, Cava and Champagne, English wine already offers a ‘viable alternative.’

Choosing local

Most sparkling wine on sale in the UK comes from countries such as France, Italy and Spain – those with established wine reputations. However, a growing proportion now comes from English wine producers, says the report.

“English sparkling wine has experienced a boost following the revival of Champagne alternatives whose affordability has helped introduce new customers to sparkling wine.

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Gallons of wine on sale in the UK, according to HMRC.

“Growing recognition, both national and international, of English sparkling wine has also led to a shift in consumer attitudes towards the locally produced product, with more choosing to support British businesses.”

In the last year, 37 new wine producers and vineyards opened in England, while UHY Hacker Young also sees established wine producers grow their operations to build on consumer demand.

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