Lesson 5: English land for viticulture

As set out in the previous lesson growing grapes in England is marginal, due to the climate, and therefore its important that the right site is selected for planting, taking into account many different variables including:

  • Soil type
  • Elevation
  • Aspect
  • Exposure
  • Localised climate
  • Frost risk

Taking these elements into account, recent scientific research carried out by Vinescapes and the University of East Anglia, has identified nearly 35,000 ha of prime viticultural land for new and expanding vineyards within the UK.  With some of this land rivaling the Champagne region of France in terms of viticultural quality and climatic suitability.   The full land use journal paper can be read here