Vineyards in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands

There are over 700 individual vineyards in the British Isles ranging from extremely small ones (the smallest only has six vines) to ones of almost 90-ha (222-acres). Together they total around 2,000-ha (4,942-acres). Some of the larger wine producers have multiple vineyards, Nyetimber being the largest with seven separate sites covering 171-ha (423-acres). Other large producers include Gusbourne 93-ha (230-acres), Denbies 90-ha (222-acres), and Chapel Down 78-ha (192-acres). Many of the larger producers - Chapel Down, Ridgeview, Camel Valley and others - also buy grapes from vineyards which are usually under long-term contract to them or with which they have grape supply agreements. The list available below has 43 growers with less than 0.10-ha; 50 growers of between 5 and 9-ha; and 37 growers of 10-ha or more. Together, the largest 100 producers control around 75% of the UK’s wine production.

Under EU regulations, all vineyards of 0.10-ha or more (0.25-acres) have to be registered with the Wine Standards Branch of the Food Standards Agency who issue a Vineyard Register (VR). In August 2015 this showed the UK as having 1,654-ha (4,087-acres) of commercial vineyards, together with another 159-ha (393-acres) of ‘hobby’ and ‘abandoned’ vineyards owned by 156 growers which make no commercial wine. The VR also shows there to be 131 producers with wineries and 342 producers without, a total of 473 producers. Unfortunately, owing to various factors, the VR is out-of-date and incomplete and cannot be relied upon to be 100% accurate.

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Last updated: 11th June 2016

Area and production totals in UK vineyards 1989 - 2014
Year Total ha Ha. in production Ha. not in production % of total not in production Total yield in Hl. Yield per Ha. No. of Vineyards No. of Wineries
1989 876 652 224 25.6% 21,447 32.89 442 147
1990 929 629 300 32.3% 14,442 22.96 445 147
1991 992 650 342 34.5% 15,429 23.74 454 150
1992 1054 701 353 33.5% 26,428 37.70 457 157
1993 1065 767 298 28.0% 17,504 22.82 479 148
1994 1035 733 302 29.2% 17,693 24.14 435 123
1995 984 745 239 24.3% 12,651 16.98 413 115
1996 965 775 190 19.7% 26,080 33.65 408 123
1997 949 791 158 16.6% 6,460 8.17 386 114
1998 901 842 59 6.5% 11,202 13.30 382 108
1999 872 835 37 4.3% 13,272 15.90 373 106
2000 857 822 35 4.1% 14,215 17.29 363 106
2001 836 801 35 4.2% 15,817 19.75 350 105
2002 812 789 23 2.8% 9,385 11.89 333 114
2003 773 756 18 2.3% 14,503 19.20 333 109
2004 761 722 39 5.1% 19,071 26.41 339 106
2005 793 722 71 9.0% 12,806 17.74 353 90
2006 923 747 176 19.1% 25,267 33.82 362 102
2007 992 697 295 29.7% 9,948 14.27 383 98
2008 1,106 785 321 29.0% 10,087 12.85 416 116
2009 1,215 946 269 22.1% 23,835 25.20 381 109
2010 1,324 1,095 229 17.3% 30,346 27.71 404 114
2011 1,384 1,208 176 12.7% 22,659 18.76 419 124
2012 1,438 1297 141 9.8% 7,751 5.98 432 128
2013 1,884 1,571 313 16.61% 33,385 21.25 448 131
2014 1,840 1,506 334 18.15% 47,433 31.50 470 135
Source: Wine Standards Board of the Food Standards Agency

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