Wines from Wales
Diverse Wines of Wales
United Kingdom is one of the largest consumers of wines, although it produces only low quantities by itself.
The combined sales of English and Welsh wines are accounted for only one percent of the domestic market.
So, it’s obvious that the Welsh wines are playing a major part in the wine production of the country.
As such, the Welsh wine is the name given to the wines produced in the Wales part of the United Kingdom.
Some of you might already know about these wines, while some of you might be hearing this term for the first time.
In any case, we would encourage you to read the following article to know all about the significant wines from Wales here…
An Overview of the Welsh Wines
It is being said that the first vineyards of Wales were planted during the Roman Empire itself.
However, the modern vineyards of this UK constituent were found to be planted only in the 1970s.
This activity was majorly carried out in South Wales with the view of creating Welsh wines.
Although the world viewed it as the slow start, the territory had almost twenty-two vineyards by the year 2005.
At present, the region is now producing as many as 100,000 bottles each year. Among them, the white wines are found to be dominating the production, although there are few reds too.
Looking at the Landscape of Wales
It’s to be noted that Wales has been widely looked upon as a non-wine producing region.
We can’t say that this perception about the region is not correct because the region is found to be experiencing a cool and wet climate, which is not a characteristic of wine regions.
Most people say that the region lacks winemaking heritage totally, but Wales has managed to acquire the highest rank on the list of unlikely winemaking regions of the world.
Being one of the four constituent countries of the UK, the region is found to be accounted for only 1/10th of the total surface area of the country.
A major portion of the landscape of Wales is found to be mountainous and is being utilized for the region’s popular industry, which is sheep farming.
So, it’s clear that only a little land is available for the viticulture here. And, the few vineyards that are involved in the production of wines from the grapes here are distributing most of their wines to the local consumers.
Therefore, the best place to taste the Welsh wines will be Wales itself.
Viticulture and Winemaking in Wales
As mentioned above, the climate in Wales is cool and wet in spite of getting warmed by the Gulf Stream that brings warmer waters from the Caribbean and across the great Atlantic Ocean.
So, where is viticulture being undertaken?
Well, in Wales, the viticultural activity is possible in the most sheltered areas, that is, in the southern parts of the country.
It’s to be noted here that the first commercial winery was founded as early as 1875. However, the industry has not grown bigger.
As such, the Welsh wines are being labeled as “Welsh Vineyard Quality Wine” or “United Kingdom Table Wine”.
It has been observed that the grape varieties that are being used are not largely reported.
This is because there is not much administration for the small sector.
However, most of the vineyards are being planted with the same portfolio of vines.
- Madeleine Angevine
- Seyval Blanc
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