Sparkling wines are booming, be they Champagnes, Prosecco, Cava or Sekt, bubbles are definitely trendy. Less well known outside the UK, British sparkling wines, mainly grown in the very South of the Island are massivley gaining popularity.
British sparkling wines benefit from calcareous soils similar to those one can find in Champagne.
Now the famous Champagne house Taittinger is the first to invest in British vineyards by launching Domaine Evremond, a winery within a 69-hectare plot in Kent near Canterbury. The vineyards will produce a range of Premium Sparkling English wines. The grape varieties used will be those that can be found in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Production will be around 20.000 to 25 000 cases.
“We have dreamt for a number of years of working with our dear friends in the UK to create a special Franco/British project”, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, the president of the Champagne house commented.
Despite the similar soils and identical grape varieties, the aim of Taittinger is to produce something distinctively British, “the English Sparkling wine should not be compared to Champagne”, explains Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.