It’s not everyday that royalty drops into Rathfinny, but this week Her Royal Highness Princess Anne came to officially open their new winery buildings: The ‘Cellar’, which will store all their wine whilst it matures in the bottle ‘on-lees’ and the ‘Bottling’ centre that will house all their bottling, riddling, disgorging, labelling and packaging equipment.
Wine producers in Britain will plant a record 1m vines over the next 12 months, allowing growers to produce 2m more bottles of wine a year in the south of a country not historically known for its viticulture.
The figures demonstrate that wine is one of the fastest-growing agricultural products in the UK. Over the last 10 years the number of acres planted with grapevines in England and Wales has grown by 135%, according to the English Wine Producers trade body.
Among those planting new rootstocks are two big French champagne houses, Taittinger and Vranken-Pommery Monopole, which have announced