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The United Kingdom is a major consumer but only a very minor producer of wine, with English and Welsh wine sales combined accounting for just 1% of the domestic market.
The industry has traditionally been seen as unattractive because of the damp humid climate however the market is growing and recent warmer summers have seen a particular growth in sales of English wines.
Most of the wine produced is of a sparkling variety, vineyards are in existence across Southern England and Wales where the climate is warmer than that of northern areas, this is most evident in places to the southeast like Essex and Kent. These vineyards can produce more varieties of wine due to the much drier warmer climate.