For some time now English wines been making headlines. Using grapes such as the rich muscat-like white Bacchus, creamy Chardonnay [mainly used for sparkling] and the attractive, red fruited Pinot Noir, English wines are firmly on the map. Incredibly, wine growing in this country dates back to AD 43. Today the rolling hills of Southern England are home to some great sparkling wines. Low alcohol, high acidity and of course our unique climate all contribute to the production of wines to rival those of Champagne. No doubt helped by the coincidence of our chalky soils being practically the same.