Raise a glass to celebrate English Wine Week 25 May-2 June

England is not always the first country that springs to mind when thinking about wine, but it has a long history of viticulture. It’s generally thought that the Romans brought wine and vines to Britain and by the time of the Norman Conquest vineyards and wine production took place in many monasteries, predominantly in the south of England. Production continued in varying amounts across the country over the next few centuries, however there was a dramatic decline in winemaking on a commercial basis in the period between the World Wars. There was a re-establishment of the English Wine Industry in the 1950s led by passionate pioneers using modern techniques and strain of grapes more suited to the climate. Fast forward to now and we are seeing a renaissance of English Wine Production with 80 wineries launched in the UK in 2017 up from 64 in 2016 according to accountancy UHY Hacker Young.

So why not celebrate English Wine Week (25 May-2 Jun) by discovering some of our fine homegrown vintages? The Halston in Carlisle is launching the first of its brand new Wine Club nights in partnership with Majestic Wines on Thursday 30 May, 6.30pm. The first theme of the Club is ‘England vs The Rest of The World’ where a selection of English Wines will be pitted against others from around the world. Learn about the different wines from the experts and sample them yourself. You don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy sipping and socialising at this relaxed event.

Tickets are £26.95 per guest which includes eight tasters of wine with specially matched bites to eat to find out more go to The Halston. https://thehalston.com/whats-on/wine-club-england-vs-the-rest-of-the-world/