Vranken-Pommery is the first French Champagne house to sell English wine

Posted by Rachel England on 8 February 2018

Champagne house Vranken-Pommery Monopole is the French producer to sell English sparkling wine. Louis Pommery England Brut, which is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, has been released following a 2016 agreement between the French producer and Hampshire wine company Hattingley Valley.

Harpers reports that Vranken-Pommery Monopole has now started work on a new vineyard in Alresford in Hampshire. The 32 hectare site will be home to three Champagne varieties, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a small parcel of Pinot Meunier.

Vranken-Pommery Monopole international development director Julien Lonneux said the British climate makes English sparkling wine an obvious area for investment. “Our British adventure started back in 2015; when looking at the viticulture development in the UK and the weather conditions becoming milder, we immediately seized the opportunity,” he said.

A number of other English wine producers are also expanding their operations. Nyetimber, based in West Sussex and Hampshire, is planting 38 hectares of vines in Kent, while existing Kent producer Westwell Wines is growing to include a further 7.5 hectares planted by the end of 2019.

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