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Where has all the British wine gone?

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Josianne Tue 05-Oct-21 08:59:37

This is brilliant! I am staying on Polzeath at half term, so a visit to Camel Wines fits in nicely.

Zennomore Tue 05-Oct-21 08:37:39

sorry posted to soon !
A small local stockist close to me carries it and during lockdown I ordered online and we have visited the wine yard shop when in Perthshire. Have just put in my Christmas order online so fingers crossed.

Sago Tue 05-Oct-21 08:35:56

As most UK vineyards are so small they tend to sell direct or through reputable merchants that don’t fleece them.
We all need to stop relying so heavily on supermarkets and use butchers, fishmongers etc.

Zennomore Tue 05-Oct-21 08:26:09

Cairn o Mhor (fruit wines and ciders) used to be widely available in Asda. Sadly both the width of range and the amount of stores stocking has reduced.

Whitewavemark2 Tue 05-Oct-21 07:51:37

I ought to have said champagne-type😄

Whitewavemark2 Tue 05-Oct-21 03:12:21

Always buy direct from Camel Valley.

Whitewavemark2 Tue 05-Oct-21 03:11:31

muse

Camel Valley Wine, near me in Cornwall have free delivery on their wines (6 or more bottles). It's another that Waitrose stock.

We always have their Champaign for weddings and celebratory meal like Christmas etc. It is gorgeous. Too quaffable really😄.

Jaxjacky Mon 04-Oct-21 22:07:27

JaneJudge really depends on how well it keeps, how much you’ll drink and what you can afford. I’ve bought a dozen bottles before from one of our Hampshire vineyards, I have a couple of bottles put by for the festives, otherwise it comes out when we have visitors, so not that often in recent months!
I’m a Tesco zesty white for normal drinking.

muse Mon 04-Oct-21 22:04:00

Camel Valley Wine, near me in Cornwall have free delivery on their wines (6 or more bottles). It's another that Waitrose stock.

Callistemon Mon 04-Oct-21 21:46:04

waitrose.pressarea.com/pressrelease/details/78/PRODUCT%20NEWS_12/8520

Looks as if Waitrose has cornered the market
www.waitrosecellar.com/all-wines/all-countries/english-wine#%2F%2Fwww.waitrosecellar.com%2Fwebapp%2Fwcs%2Fstores%2Fservlet%2FCategoryNavigationResultsView%3FpageSize%3D24%26manufacturer%3D%26searchType%3D%26resultCatEntryType%3D%26catalogId%3D10551%26categoryId%3D1043046%26langId%3D-1%26storeId%3D10701%26sType%3DSimpleSearch%26filterFacet%3D%26metaData%3DaXNDb3Jwb3JhdGVXaW5lOiJOIg%253D%253D%26beginIndex%3D0%26contentBeginIndex%3D0%26facet%3D%26resultType%3Dproducts%26orderBy%3D%26viewAll%3Dtrue%26maxPrice%3D%26minPrice%3D%26facetSnapshot%3D%26identifier%3D1633380257732

Callistemon Mon 04-Oct-21 21:38:00

Tesco have sold Three Choirs occasionally but I haven't seen any lately.
Tesco is selling wine from Hush Heath Estate but it's just called English White.

25Avalon Mon 04-Oct-21 21:13:31

Do you mean English wine which is from vineyards who grow their own grapes or British wine which is made from imported grape juice which is often dehydrated and then reconstituted making a cheap wine. English wines are far superior and quite expensive. You can buy Three Choirs from Waitrose or as others have suggested straight from the vineyard.

Josianne Mon 04-Oct-21 20:47:39

Majestic appear to have a selection, but there again a third or more of them are out of stock to order.

JaneJudge Mon 04-Oct-21 20:14:36

Jaxjacky

I’d buy direct from the vineyard, they get all of your money then too.

how much should I buy?

Jaxjacky Mon 04-Oct-21 20:09:44

I’d buy direct from the vineyard, they get all of your money then too.

JaneJudge Mon 04-Oct-21 20:02:47

I live by a vineyard in England and they just don't produce enough for supermarkets. We do get to buy it though smile as we are local! and it is lush.

Lincslass Mon 04-Oct-21 19:55:53

Marks and Spencer sell Chapel Down wine. Shame the supermarkets don’t support our vineyards, still specialist sellars do.

granfromafar Mon 04-Oct-21 19:33:19

It is a travesty, I agree. We have a local vineyard in Tenterden, Kent and I know that Waitrose stock a few of their wines. Not sure if stores around the country stock them or just the ones in Kent. Seems a good idea to buy locally produced food and drink generally so a good excuse to buy British wine, most of which is of a very high quality.

Josianne Mon 04-Oct-21 19:29:57

I know what you mean. I had this lovely wine in a restaurant with fish last week and then went to order a case from Waitrose at £14.99 a bottle. Out of stock! I'm guessing the mark up is better for the vineyards to sell to the restaurants over the supermarkets.

Callistemon Mon 04-Oct-21 19:22:17

I think that British wines are produced in smaller quantities and are not as commercial as overseas vineyards.

Much of the wine sold in supermarkets is a blend of the produce of many vineyards and probably more cheaply produced.

However, how can a single vineyard wine produced 12,000 miles away be cheaper than that produced 5 or 10 miles up the road?

The supermarket wine buyers need to support our UK growers as they make a really good product
I agree; it's available online but probably by the case which many people may not want.

Sashabel Mon 04-Oct-21 19:12:53

According to the Great British Vineyards Guide, there are over 700 vineyards in the UK (who would have thought!!). If this is the case, why is it so difficult to get hold of in our supermarkets? Tesco and Sainsburys and Asda stock 3 varieties, but each stock around 600 varieties of wine. Aldi and Lidl stock no British wines, and Waitrose comes out best at 19 varieties. I'm not a great wine drinker, but like to buy it for presents and special occasions so why not stock it so it can be added to your weekly shop.
The supermarket wine buyers need to support our UK growers as they make a really good product.