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Some makers, such as West Sussex’s Bolney Estate, have also dared make delicate, light Pinots—another grape which can shake off a bit of cold.

Give these homegrown wines a chance and you won’t be disappointed.

It’s always been possible to grow grapes in England. The Romans probably did it and the Domesday Book records 42 vineyards. Prior to the 1980s most homegrown grapes were produced on a small scale or were sold en masse to produce fortified wine with names like ‘Tudor Rose’ and ‘Eldorado’.

The variety was on the brink of extinction until an ex-footballer from Brazil bought a derelict vineyard and started to clean. Photo: Manz Wine

Your next grape to hunt down and try…

The grape of Jampal was saved from near-extinction by a Brazilian ex-footballer, André Manz, when he decided to make Portuguese wine, Manz.

Rathfinny is aiming to be the first wine estate to sell English sparkling in pint bottles.

Sussex wine estate Rathfinny has laid down over 800 imperial pint (56.8cl) bottles of its Blanc de Noirs 2015, which is due to be disgorged next year.

Rathfinny is aiming to be the first wine estate to sell English sparkling in pint bottles after the measure was banned in favour of metric measures when Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973.

After years of political upheaval and a tourism crisis, Tunisian-French partnership Kurubis is making a name for itself. Photo: Kurubis

Neighboring Libya, war-wracked and alcohol-free: Tunisia might seem an improbable destination for a wine tour. But a new EU-funded initiative is putting the country’s 2,000-year-old industry back on the map.

The same wine won gold medals in the Decanter World Wine Awards, the New World Wine Awards and the Air New Zealand Wine Awards last year.

Bald Hills boutique vineyard near Cromwell, New Zealand has won three trophies in the same competition for the same wine, and viticulturist Gary Crabbe is delighted.

The Bald Hills 2015 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir won the Best Pinot Noir, Best Red Table Wine, and Best Wine of Competition trophies in the 2018 Sydney International Wine Competition.