Climate change offers sparkling prospects to English winemakers

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With climate change pushing up temperatures, English winemakers are rubbing their hands as their sparkling wines start to give top champagnes a run for their money. 바카라사이트

Strolling through the Pinglestone vineyard in Hampshire, southern England, under a pale autumn sun, winemaker James Bowerman is smiling broadly.

"The (Pinot) Meunier really enjoyed itself this year," the vineyard manager says, surveying the vines.

This year's temperatures have taken Vranken-Pommery, the prominent French champagne house that bought the estate in 2014, by surprise.

"We had to water the vines in June, which is pretty incredible. Given the reputation of the English climate, we were not expecting that," said Mr Clement Pierlot, director of vineyards and champagne cellars at Pommery. 인터넷카지노

Intrigued by the rapid growth of vineyards in England, Vranken-Pommery jumped into the market after falling in love with the chalk hills of Hampshire.

Fifteen hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the three primary champagne grape varieties, were planted here last year. A further 25ha will be added over the next two years.

While waiting to harvest the first crop of grapes, Vranken-Pommery produced a first sparkling wine with grapes brought in from elsewhere on this side of the Channel.

Dubbed Louis Pommery England, the test was deemed a success. 인터넷바카라

"We can have wines which are fine and expressive but with a nice style and freshness," Mr Pierlot said.

English sparkling wine will "soon bring a level of cheer to British drinkers greater than that provided by French champagne", said Environment Secretary Michael Gove, talking up the "opportunities of a changing climate".

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