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

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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 Unfortunately, owing to various factors, the VR is out-of-date and incomplete and cannot be relied upon to be 100% accurate.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: 8th March 2019

Area and production totals in UK vineyards 1989 - 2018
Year Planted Ha Commercial Ha Hobby Ha Abandoned Ha Ha. In Production Ha. Not in prod. % of total not in prod Total Yield in Hl. Yield per Ha. No. of Vineyards Av. Size of Vineyards No. of Wineries No 75 cl bottles in M
1989 876       652 224 25.57% 21,447 32.89 442 1.98 147 2.86
1990 929       629 300 32.29% 14,442 22.96 445 2.09 147 1.93
1991 992       650 342 34.48% 15,429 23.74 454 2.19 150 2.06
1992 1054       701 353 33.49% 26,428 37.70 457 2.31 157 3.52
1993 1065       767 298 27.98% 17,504 22.82 479 2.22 148 2.33
1994 1035       733 302 29.18% 17,693 24.14 435 2.38 123 2.36
1995 984       745 239 24.29% 12,651 16.98 413 2.38 115 1.69
1996 965       775 190 19.69% 26,080 33.65 408 2.37 123 3.48
1997 949       791 158 16.65% 6,460 8.17 386 2.46 114 0.86
1998 901       842 59 6.55% 11,202 13.30 382 2.36 108 1.49
1999 872       835 37 4.29% 13,272 15.90 373 2.34 106 1.77
2000 857       822 35 4.08% 14,215 17.29 363 2.36 106 1.90
2001 836       801 35 4.15% 15,817 19.75 350 2.39 105 2.11
2002 812       789 23 2.83% 9,385 11.89 333 2.44 114 1.25
2003 773       756 18 2.26% 14,503 19.20 333 2.32 109 1.93
2004 761       722 39 5.12% 19,071 26.41 339 2.24 106 2.54
2005 793       722 71 8.95% 12,806 17.74 353 2.25 90 1.71
2006 923       747 176 19.07% 25,267 33.82 362 2.55 102 3.37
2007 992       697 295 29.74% 9,948 14.27 383 2.59 98 1.33
2008 1,106       785 321 29.04% 10,087 12.85 416 2.66 116 1.34
2009 1,215       946 269 22.14% 23,835 25.20 381 3.19 109 3.18
2010 1,324       1,095 229 17.30% 30,346 27.71 404 2.77 114 4.05
2011 1,384       1,208 176 12.72% 22,659 18.76 419 3.30 124 3.02
2012 1,438       1,297 141 9.81% 7,750 5.98 432 2.78 128 1.03
2013 1,884 1,738 76 70 1,375 363 19.27% 33,385 24.28 448 3.88 131 4.45
2014 1,840 1,691 54 95 1,506 185 10.05% 47,434 31.50 473 3.58 131 6.32
2015 1,956 1,839 56 61 1,655 184 9.41% 37,977 22.95 502 3.66 133 5.06
2016 2,077 1,957 66 54 1,612 345 16.61% 31,116 19.30 525 3.73 135 4.15
2017 2,245 2,125 66 54 1,677 448 19.96% 39,891 23.79 600 3.74 164 5.32
2018 2,328 2,289 23 16 1,924 365 15.68% 117,000 60.81 672 3.41 175 15.60
5 yr av 2,089 1,980 53 56 1,675 305 14.34 54,684 31.67 554 3.62 148 7.29
Source: Wine Standards Board of the Food Standards Agency

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