Demand for sparkling wine fizzes up as popularity of English brands booms

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The volume of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has increased 76 per cent in the last five years, as demand soars for alternatives to champagne including English wine.

Figures from accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young show that there were 34.4m gallons of sparkling wine on sale in the UK in the 12 months to March of this year, compared to 19.5m gallons in the same period five years ago.

The firm's analysis pointed to the increasing popularity of cheaper alternatives to champagne, including English wine, as a driver behind the trend.

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“Sparkling wine has become increasingly democratised – and sales are soaring as a result," said UHY partner James Simmonds.

“English vineyards have established an impressive reputation at home and abroad for their fine sparkling wines, so this is a boon for the UK’s home-grown industry.”

Frazer Thompson, the chief executive of leading English sparkling wine producer Chapel Down added: “English wines are no longer the poor relation. Significant amounts of investment, dedication and expertise are helping to create the kind of quality that can rival products from France, Italy, Spain or the New World.”

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