This summer the weather was perfect for English wine growers.
Most people think we brits drink wine rather than produce it 😁Well how wrong they are! Over the past decade this has changed dramatically and here down in the south of England we are making and producing world class bubbles, winning awards and beating major champagne houses in competitions across the globe. We are also making some very good white, red and rosé wines, some very good ones in fact right here in Dorset.
This is an interesting fact and something to bear in mind; A wine can only be called ‘English’ if it is made with grapes grown here in England, ‘British’ wine can be made from grapes grown elsewhere, if the juice is fermented and bottled in the uk! The Love Local Trust Local label is all about highlighting these important facts so always read the labels.
Being down south is a little warmer and with the help from global warming our average temperatures are rising, this means the grapes are ripening, so from Cornwall to Kent we all have similar climates and soil types just great for growing English wine here in Dorset. The counties fertile soil is largely made up of clay, chalk and flint, the same as the champagne region of France. Harvest time for the grapes is late summer to late Autumn. Due to the exceptional weather conditions this summer, 2022 should be a bumper year for English sparkling wine.
On the 28th August it was National red wine day which got me thinking about all the wonderful wines and vineyards here in the south, did you know there are eight in Dorset alone, just stop and think when you are out for lunch or dinner and ask if there are any local wines on the menu.
From experience in my own pub restaurant our customers love the local wine, cider, real ale, gin and other spirits.
I know English wines are a little bit pricey compared to other countries but what you get in the supermarkets is mass produced, the English wines are really tasty, really good and will be a talking point on the dinner table. Remember they are going to be pricier because labour and production costs in this country are more expensive than in other countries and the number of bottles produced is limited. Remember if you buy local it is helping the rural economy here in Dorset, the south-west and though out England.
Soil type and growing conditions are things I do keep on about as we all need to know what is produced in our own counties. In Dorset and the south of England we produce some of the finest food and drink. This is food for thought maybe Britain is becoming the new NEW WINE WORLD 🍷😁
Eating and Drinking locality help’s and supports local businesses.
Just a little bit of an update on what is going on, on the farm. When writing this two weeks before the Blackmore Vale goes to print it is still very dry, we are already having to feed the animals winter food, silage that we cut back in May, this is a worry as we haven’t even hit Autumn yet (nothing is growing).
Lots of seasonal produce on the shelves at the moment so make sure you are eating fresh and local.
Barbara Cossins is founder of Love Local Trust Local; www.thelangtonarms.co.uk, www.rawstonfarmbutchery.co.uk www.lovelocaltrustlocalawards.co.uk