The number of wine producers in Britain has jumped 13pc over the past year to meet the booming demand for “boutique” drinks, which has also propelled the growth of craft breweries and independent distilleries across the country.
According to figures from national accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, the number of wine producers in the UK is currently 397, up from 352 in 2015.
The continued commercial success of market leaders such as Chapel Down, the Kent-based company that is now an official supplier to Downing Street, has encouraged more entrepreneurs to enter the market.
James Simmonds, partner at UHY Hacker Young, said there was a trend in the drinks sector for niche, “local” products, with more people turning their backs on big-name, global brands.
In the wine sector, it means more consumers are swapping French or New World wine (wines produced outside the traditional wine-growing regions of Europe and the Middle East, in countries such as Argentina, Australia and South Africa) for the English variety.
Ms Simmonds said: “It is more of a talking point, more of an event, to order a Welsh wine than French. But it is not just novelty value – critics are giving English and Welsh wine higher and higher ratings.”