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UK wine drinking habits

Just because we live in England doesn’t mean we all drink only English wine. Wine specialist Laithwaite’s conducted a survey of more than 400,000 wine drinkers in the UK to discover the nation’s favourite grape.

It appears that we’re a nation of white wine drinkers, with Sauvignon Blanc topping the list of preferred wines in every town, city and country – except Leicestershire where Chardonnay is favoured.

However, upon closer examination, it was revealed that our drinking habits are more diverse than originally thought, with around 40 grape varieties enjoyed around the UK – showing that we’re a true wine-loving nation.

Did you know that Liverpool is home to the highest number of Prosecco drinkers? Champagne on the other hand is poured most often in the city of London and Westminster.

So where can all the red wine drinkers be found? Grenache is enjoyed mostly in Glasgow while Bournemouth sells the highest percentage of Merlot in the UK.

And Rosé? The people of Ramsgate raise a glass of this more often than anywhere else in the UK.

The UK’s 10 favourite grape varieties

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz
  • Grenache
  • Pinot Noir
  • Tempranillo
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Malbec

If English wine production continues to increase, who knows, we may find that Chardonnay knocks Sauvignon Blanc off the top spot very soon.

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