Bad news for English vineyards – British expats prefer Australian wine
As part of English Wine Week, findings from a survey recently conducted by Vital Certificates Ltd, a growing company providing support services to UK citizens overseas, have shown that most British expats prefer Australian wine (39.3%). The country, which is one of the favourite expat destinations for British seems to also be the one when it comes to their wine preferences.
France, one of the reference countries for wine production, has come second, receiving 17.9% of the votes from the British expats taking part in this survey. Another well-known country in the wine industry, Spain, was third with 14.3% of the votes.
After them, came South Africa (10.7%) and surprisingly Germany (7.1%) followed by Italy, Portugal and the USA (3.6% each).
According to English Wine Producer’s website, as of 2012, there were 432 vineyards in the UK, with the top three grape varieties planted in the country being Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus.
Despite the size of the UK wine industry, the country was not chosen as the origin of expat’s favourite wine this time. South American regions such as Chile or Argentina were not among the named ones either.
Vital Certificates Ltd, headquartered in Batley (West Yorkshire) has helped over 50,000 British expats overseas since its foundation in 2005 by Managing Director, Matt Lawless.