British winemakers produced a record-breaking 15.6 million bottles last year, a 130% increase on the year before, a survey has confirmed.
Last summer’s high temperatures boosted the bumper harvest but Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) said it predicted further substantial growth as a result of the ongoing proliferation of vineyards.
The figures show the recent rapid expansion of production, rising from 6.3 million bottles in 2014 and 5.9 million in 2017, with small fluctuations in between largely due to the effect of weather.
WineGB, who conducted the survey of the UK industry, said acreage under vine had tripled since 2000, growing 13% last year.
Some 1.6 million vines were planted last year amounting to more than 1,000 acres, with a further two million set to be planted this year.
According to industry predictions, British producers would be heading towards 40 million bottles a year in the next 20 years, leading to the creation of an extra 20,000 to 30,000 new jobs, WineGB said.