The 6 week heatwave has been great for the UK wine industry, both in the vineyard and the pubs
The UK's 6 week heatwave has been great for the UK wine industry, both in the vineyard and in the pubs.
Hot weather and the Fifa soccer world cup has resulted in an increase in wine consumption. Waitrose claimed that Champagne sales by volume were up by 49% year-on-year, with sparkling wines up 53% year-on-year. Wine merchant Corney & Barrow reported a '13% increase in sales' while Majestic claim Rosé sales are up by 28%. Restaurants are the only negative with sales in the UK down in June by 1.8% compared to last year, losing out to the pub trade.
Frazer Thompson, CEO of Chapel Down Wines in Kent, said the hot weather had resulted in near perfect flowering and according to Cherie Spriggs of Nyetimber, the higher daytime temperatures and plenty of moisture in the soils are the perfect growing conditions for their vines.