Cheers! 10 best English wines

Forget France or the New World, there are notable bottles coming from the UK that are winning accolades and devoted fans

The Champenois have plenty to worry about from winemakers this side of the channel. English sparkling wines have been wowing wine experts (not to mention royalty) for a good few years now and it is increasingly rivalling the best of Champagne when it comes to awards and reviews. Nytimber Classic Cuvee is just one example of a fizz that regularly beats the big names of Champagne in blind tastings.

With the climate getting steadily warmer, England is better able to grow the classic Champagne grapes but as it’s still slightly cooler than Champagne, many argue our wines have even more elegance.

Although we’re best known for our sparkling wines, it’s not only fizz that England is excelling at. Indeed it’s no longer the sun-blasted vineyards of the Med that are scooping all the awards and accolades for roses and whites, but the likes of Surrey and Kent. Here’s our pick of the finest home-grown bottles.  

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Verdict:

Anyone who has tasted Camel Valley White Pinot Noir will be blown away by its elegance. If, on the other hand, it’s rosé fizz you’re after, we found Herbert Hall Brut Rosé wonderfully delicate. As for a white wine without a bubble in sight, Knightor Madeleine Angevine is fresh and invigorating.    

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  1. Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, £23.98 each (if you buy two bottles)

  2. Gusbourne Sparkling Rosé, £31

  3. Denbies Pinot Gris, £13.99

  4. Chapel Down Flint Dry, £9.99

  5. Ridgeview Marksman, £26.99

  6. Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvee, £29.95

  7. Balfour Brut Rosé, £35.99

  8. Knightor Madeleine Angevine, £12.99

  9. Herbert Hall Brut Rosé, £32.50

  10. Camel Valley White Pinot Noir, £29.95

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