Regions and Appellations UK

UK Wines and Whiskies

The United Kingdom may not be the best known of the world's wine regions, but since the 1970s there have been dedicated viticulturalists and winemakers in England and Wales, producing high-quality wines and winning international competitions. Wine has been made in the UK since Imperial Roman occupation in the 1st century while the UK consumer market has been a significant factor in many historic global wine trends such as the growth of Bordeaux, Sherry and Port.

The latitude of the wine regions and cooler temperatures favor early ripening cool climate varieties. Growing conditions are moderated by the warming effects of the Gulf Stream current that carries warm waters east across the Atlantic Ocean.

The UK's 'Union Jack' Flag

The majority of wine produced is white with smaller amounts of rosé and red. Grape varieties growing in popularity include Triomphe d'Alsace, Dornfelder, Madeleine Angevine, Seyval Blanc, Schonburger and Müller-Thurgau.

Significantly the UK has fostered a reputation for sparkling wines in the méthod traditionelle style often from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The most successful wine regions of the UK are Cornwall, Kent and Sussex, in the south of England.

Along with English and Welsh designated wine, products with the term British Wine are also widely available, but very different. English and Welsh wines are legislated wine producing regions describing where the grapes are grown and vinified. British wines are commonly value products made from grape or fruit concentrate that can come from outside the UK, and do not meet the European Union's legal definition of 'wine'. 

Although whisky ('whiskey' in Ireland and the USA) may well have come to Scotland from Ireland, Scotland's status as the world's most successful producer of single-malt whisky is unquestionable. Whisky has been officially produced in Scotland since 1823, although there is no doubt that unregulated whisky distilling was common for centuries before that date. See the 'Scotland' region page below for more information.

Similarly, beers produced in the United Kingdom may not reach the international market in such volumes as their European cousins, but brewing is regarded as a respected art form in every country within the UK. The range and quality of beers produced in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland demonstrate this fact, although there are no formal distinctions within UK regional beer production.

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Most Popular UK Wines and Whiskies

Based on search frequency, updated monthly
Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
The Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside - Highlands, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 12th 90 $580
Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 44th 89 $35
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 49th 89 $32
Black & White Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 55th $14
Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 56th 86 $22
Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 57th 86 $16
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 57th 88 $43
The Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside - Highlands, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 76th $37,968
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 89th 90 $197
Vat 69 Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 97th $13
Teacher's '50' 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 102nd $22
Teacher's Origin Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 109th $34
Seagram's 100 Pipers Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 113th $10
Black Dog 'Black Reserve' Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 121st $27
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 125th 89 $57
The Macallan Lalique 72 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside - Highlands, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 171st $119,800
The Macallan Sherry Oak 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside - Highlands, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 206th $2,229
Dewar's 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 219th 89 $28
The Glenlivet Double Oak 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 232nd 88 $44
Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 242nd 90 $54
The Macallan Edition No 1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside - Highlands, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 245th $1,671
Teacher's Highland Cream Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 247th $14
The Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Highlands, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Malt 261st 88 $63
Old Smuggler Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 283rd $9
William Lawson's Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland Whisky - Whiskey Blended 289th $13
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