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Cheers to English Wine Week 2020

English Wine Week started more than 25 years ago as an opportunity to concentrate on the steadily growing English wine sector.

It is intended to raise awareness of the wide range of different wines being produced in both counties, and events have occurred in the vineyards themselves and the surrounding communities in the past years.

A lot of years after that, the wine sector expanded enormously, generating over 14 million wine bottles in 2018 and winning many international awards.

England has about 500 vineyards and more. While our legacy for creating several of the finest sparkling wines around continues to grow, we are also showing that we are equipped and skilled at providing quality still wines.

However, due to the new regulations, the dates of the English Wine Week have been adjusted from the usual end of May to June 20-28.

Vineyard picnics, virtual tours, quizzes, wine tastings, and webcasts are among the many activities scheduled to wave the flag during the English Wine Week.

Happened to coincide with the typical start of the summer months, this yearly campaign is being organized by WineGB to boost the English as well as the Welsh wine industry, which has approximately 750 commercial wineries, 164 wine manufacturers and is focused primarily on sparkling wines.

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) is urging the industry to follow the newly introduced adapted model of the English Wine Week, with social distancing being followed.

This year’s events took place somewhat in a different manner as the wine week will be enjoyed virtually instead.

Everything else has gone digital, you may follow Wine GB’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages as they showcase the best wines we get to offer, along with the vlogs, live tasting dates, and quizzes on their website.

The way to show encouragement in these challenging moments is to purchase your wines directly from all these wineries, the next time you’re running on empty. While there might be some delays, they all shipped around the UK.

Ridgeview Wine Estate

They are presenting a digital film, with Ridgeview ‘s CEO, head winemaker, and vineyard manager taking the time to share perspective into Ridgeview ‘s conventional process of creating English sparkling wine, from the vines to your glass.

Throughout the English Wine Week, Ridgeview would collaborate with local partners on virtual tastings, along with the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust, the Wine Society. This live online tour and tasting are presented via Zoom.

Other than the cyber tastings and virtual film, Ridgeview continues to offer the free next week’s delivery service, along with a donation of £2 for each bottle of wine bought to the charity.

Sussex Modern

Sussex Modern is a collaborative effort of 36 locations all over East and West Sussex which commemorate the contribution of the county to contemporary culture as well as highlight its extraordinary scenery.

Bespoke wine cases will feature some of the finest and perhaps most tastefully done wines in the entire globe delivered right at your doorstep. There are 3 main wine cases, these are sparkling, still, and mixed wines.

The release of the wine collection recognizes the simple truth that the bright Sussex is the UK’s leading wine-making county, with more than 50 vineyards and even large wine production.

The vineyards that joined are Albourne Estate, Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Bolney Wine Estate, Rathfinny Wine Estate.

And, here are the businesses that also participated: Charleston, Chichester Festival Theater, De La Warr Pavilion, Depot, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, including the county’s landscape partners: Amberley Wild Brooks, Ashdown Forest, Cissbury Ring, Devil’s Dyke, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Sheffield Parkland.

Plumpton College

On Saturday, the longest day of the year, Plumpton College is raising awareness of the effect of the light strike in the vineyards.

The Plumpton Wine Division, Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, and also Brad Greatrix, wine expert at Nyetimber, are teaming up for the English Wine Week to spread awareness to many UK businesses and buyers about the harmful effects of Light Strike.

The wine producers, wine retailers, and consumers will be encouraged to take measures through a variety of initiatives.

100K English Wine Week Challenge

The director of Graft Wine, Nik Darlington, is celebrating English Wine Week by trying to run 100 kilometers across the English vineyards over the week while accepting donations for The Drinks Trust.

The 100K English Wine Week Challenge is a task for anyone to walk, run, or cycle as far as possible throughout the week and requires only one vineyard to go over.

The Strava app has set up two ‘clubs’ that allow cyclists and runners to join and to monitor their respective progress throughout the whole week.

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