New figures have suggested that the number of UK wine producers is growing, leading the Ideal Wine Company this week to explore the country’s burgeoning wine scene.
The Emerging UK Wine Scene
As a provider of fine wines from around the world at reasonable prices, Ideal Wine Company follows wine trends. We need to, in order to ensure you get the most from our service.
Over the last year or so we have been watching the emerging UK wine scene. Bottles from the British Isles are slowly, but surely, gaining a stellar reputation. This is something that is sure to continue, as the number of producers making wine in the UK grows.
UK Receives 46 New Wine Producers
According to the BBC, new research from accountants UHY Hacker Young has suggested that 46 new producers signed up with the HMRC in the year to 31st March 2014. This means that 135 wine producers in the UK are now registered with the tax man.
The firm went on to explain the reason for this growth, as well as the fact that the number of micro-breweries has increased by 188% over the last half decade. Essentially, tax changes have helped, but the main reason is consumers. They have developed more of an interest in locally produced food and drink.
Shifting Consumer Trends
The firm’s head, Roy Maugham, went on to talk about the research. Maugham said: "Consumer interest in boutique products continues to grow. Food products such as artisan cheeses and organically reared meats, and drinks such as craft beer and artisan spirits, have been the focus of increased demand.
"Now, we're seeing the same thing in the UK's once-mocked wine industry. English wines have enjoyed a genuine renaissance over the last couple of years and are now being taken seriously on the international stage."
Making a Name for Themselves
At the Ideal Wine Company, we find this trend fascinating. UK wines may not have attained the calibre of their French, Italian or Spanish counterparts, but they certainly are making a name for themselves. It’s only a matter of time until the UK becomes a significant player on the global wine stage.