United Kingdom

The weather wasn’t so kind to us back home in the UK, but the wine harvest waits for no man. We explored the roots of the local wine industry... 

Our white and sparkling wines compete with some of the best in the world, and at Blackdown Ridge in Sussex we saw how vines planted in 2010 are now producing award winning sparkling wines from a mixture of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. In Norfolk we visited Winbirri, winners of the prestigious Platinum Decanter award for their Bacchus grapes – a variety which thrives in cooler northern European climates.  There is a lot of cloning going on here in the UK in search of that perfect blend and competition is fierce. We met a winemaker from New Zealand who is now producing here in the UK and we find out why. We visited Holy Vale - the most Southerly vineyard in the UK located on the Isles of Scilly and our new presenter Gemma was left looking a little green after going in search of some fish to go with our great UK wines. Despite the weather being challenging we are really pleased with the end result. Take a peek yourself – see the UK Clips below.