The popularity of English wine has been steadily gathering momentum. Once considered a second-rate product to the famous names produced over the Channel in France and Italy, English wines have more recently been winning international blind tasting awards and acclaim.
One English vineyard, which has seen incredible success in a very short space of time, is Poulton Hill vineyard, a small family-run vineyard just outside Cirencester, Gloucestershire, not far from Gloucester Services.
The team at Poulton Hill have produced a range of multi award winning wines made from grapes, harvested by hand. Back in 2010, 8,800 vines were planted on the warm and sunny south-facing slopes of the estate, which can produce up to 20,000 bottles of wine each year. The site they are situated on was chosen especially with the purpose of making fine wine. A combination of the climate, geography and soil work perfectly with the chosen grape varieties planted there. White Bacchus, Seyval Blanc, Phoenix, Red Pinot Noir, Regent and Rondo varieties are used to produce wine that won a coveted Q Award at Quality Drink Awards in 2016, up against international wines of outstanding quality.
The vineyard may be young but it has already established itself amongst older producers in the country. The team’s ambition led them swiftly on to produce a limited volume of English spirits and their first sparkling rosé wine using the traditional method. They decided to recognise the quality and success of English sparkling wines in 2016 when they trademark registered the term ‘Bulari’, which is a variation of the Latin for bubbles, as a generic term to describe English sparkling wine.
We’ve been stocking Poulton Hill for several years and we particularly love their sparkling rosé. We think it’s the perfect local tipple for celebrating! You can find Poulton Hill wines in our Farmshop at Gloucester Services now.