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Rain, rain and more rain means UK vintage close to a wash out

Just as the reputation of English wines was beginning to shine the current downpour of rain has dampened hopes for this years harvest. Last year about 3 million bottles of English wine were made but this year many predict that October's harvest will be poor.

Frazer Thompson of Chapel Down Wines in Tenterden said 'Without wishing to tempt fate, the next week to ten days are the ones that now really matter. The consistency of English wines is now of paramount importance and it's only high quality fruit that will allow us to make great wines year after year and satisfy demand.'

The trade body, English Wine Producers, said some vineyards in Kent had been sheltered from the wet weather and were in line for a fantastic crop.