How to find your ideal English wine

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Guide to finding your ideal English wine

Shopping for English wine can seem a bit challenging the first couple of times you do it – the grape varieties used tend to be different to the most common grape varieties you’ll find when shopping in a supermarket, so it can be tough to know what you’ll like.

Our aim has always been to make it easy to buy English wine online, so we’ve compiled a little guide to try to link some of the most popular English & Welsh wines back to wines you’re more familiar with, so you can find a wine you’ll love, that’s been made right here in Great Britain!

If you enjoy Sauvignon Blanc

For the Sauvignon fans, we have great news! The most popular still English wine is going to be right up your street!

Look for wines made with a grape variety called Bacchus.

These wines are bursting with fresh acidity and fruit flavours such as gooseberry or tropical fruits, and can have grassy/herbaceous tones to them.

Our bestselling Bacchus is Sixteen Ridges Bacchus from Worcestershire – you can see our Co-Founder Natasha doing a tasting here:

Shop our range of wines for Sauvignon Blanc fans here.

If you enjoy Chardonnay (including Chablis and Burgundy)

English Chardonnay can taste slightly different than what you’re used to if you’re a fan of un-oaked  Chardonnay, but it does vary. We’ve found that English Chardonnay can be very broad in its appeal – it balances being dry, whilst still having good acidity and fruity flavours to it. Stone fruit flavours can be common – notes of fruits such as apricot or peach.

Our bestselling un-oaked Chardonnay is an award winner from Wiltshire – Whitehall Madeline May Chardonnay. This is such a well balanced wine, we’re pretty sure any white wine drinker will enjoy it – a perfect white wine for Christmas or for a gift!

If you prefer oaked Chardonnay, we’d recommend Litmus Element 20 – this is a gorgeously full bodied, oaked Chardonnay with a silky texture that will leave you wanting more.

Shop our range of wines for Chardonnay drinkers here.

Hidden Spring Chardonnay English White Wine from The British Wine Cellar 

If you enjoy dry rosé such as Provence rosé

Great news! Pinot Noir is a common grape variety grown in the UK – used for sparkling, red and rosé wines (we even have a white wine made from it! Find it here). Lots of English vineyards are using Pinot Noir to make the type of bone-dry, delicate rosés that will delight any Provence lover!

Our bestselling rosés are Sixteen Ridges Pinot Noir Rosé and Whitehall Charlotte May Rosé – both are beautifully dry and delicate, with red fruit flavours. Both are also vegan friendly!

We also love Gwinllan Conwy’s Rosé from North Wales – the grapes are grown on Anglesey and the wine is made in Conwy, just outside of Snowdonia.

Shop our dry, delicate rosés here.

English Rosé from The British Wine Cellar

If you enjoy your rosé a bit more fruity

We’d recommend Welcombe Hills A Rose by Any Other Name from Warwickshire – it’s a full bodied rosé bursting with fruit flavours.

Welcombe Hills English Rosé from The British Wine Cellar

If you enjoy light red wines such as Pinot Noir or Beaujolais

Pinot Noir is a grape variety that grows well in the UK, and some very talented winemakers are turning it into fantastic light to medium bodied red wines!

Our bestselling Pinot Noirs are Sixteeen Ridges Pinot Noir Early which is an oaked, complex, light bodied Pinot Noir, and Litmus Pinot Noir which is lusciously juicy and moreish, bursting with fruit flavours.

Shop our lighter bodied red wines here.

English Pinot Noir Red Wine from The British Wine Cellar

If you enjoy smooth, fruity reds such as Merlot or Malbec

Look out for grape varieties such as Regent or Dornfelder – these produce red wines that are fuller in body, super-smooth, and have flavours of dark fruits.

Winbirri Signature from Norfolk is one of our most popular red wines – ultra-smooth, full bodied, oak aged, vegan friendly, and bursting with flavours of plums, blackberries, red berries, and a hint of spice.

Shop our red wines for fans of Merlot or Malbec here.

Winbirri Signature English Red Wine from The British Wine Cellar

If you enjoy bold reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Rioja

We recommend trying wines made from a grape called Rondo – this grape variety makes wines that have a velvety texture, with bold flavours of fruits such as cherries. Oak aged Rondo can have complex notes of smoke or vanilla that add depth of flavour.

We recommend Montgomery Rondo from the heart of Wales – its velvety texture and blackberry flavours are such a winning combination.

Shop our range of other red wines we think you’ll enjoy here.

 Montgomery Rondo Welsh Red Wine from The British Wine Cellar

What about sparkling wine?

If you’re looking at sparkling wine as a category, English Sparkling Wine is closest to Champagne in flavour profile and quality. There isn’t really an “English version” of Prosecco or Cava.

Within English Sparkling Wine though, there can still be a spectrum of flavour (we actually have some Spectrum of Sparkling cases for people wanting to explore this more! Shop here).

Most English Sparkling Wines are made with the same grape varieties as Champagne, and grown on similar soil types.

We also have a range of Blanc de Blancs (sparkling wines made only from white grapes) and Blanc de Noirs (sparkling wines made only from black grapes). You can read more about the differences here.

Our range of sparkling wines can be found here.

English Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs from The British Wine Cellar

We hope this guide has made it a little easier to navigate the world of English & Welsh wine, and made it easier for you to buy English wine online, and find the right wine for you.

As always, we’re more than happy to give personal recommendations – please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like any additional information about any of our wines! 

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