English wine continues to boom, with a record 64 new wine producers and vineyards launching their businesses in the last year, according to new research.
The figure is a significant increase on the 37 wine producers and vineyards opening in 2016, and marks some 204 producers and vineyards having opened over the last five years.
However, English wine still only accounts for 1% of sales in the UK despite this, said accountancy group UHY Hacker Young.
James Simmonds of UHY Hacker Young said: “English wine production, in particular English sparkling wine, is now being taken seriously on both a local and global platform which has enabled the industry to thrive.”
“As the cost of exporting to Europe falls and imports rising, English sparkling wine has an opportunity to become a real contender for Prosecco and Champagne in the global market.
“With Brexit now on the horizon, it is more important than ever to support local industry and to cement the UK as a globally recognised exporter of high quality goods.”
Approximately 400 new breweries have also opened in the past year, up by 58% on the previous 12 months.