Towie land of Essex will soon rival France for making the world's best champagne

Global warming and changing rain patterns are blessing the county with perfect conditions for growing the grapes, say scientists.


Dr Alistair Nesbitt, from the University of East Anglia, says vines planted now will take up to 15 years to mature before they can challenge fine French vintages.

No doubt Towie TV celebs such as Lauren Pope and Gemma Collins will be popping corks to celebrate.

The researchers found Suffolk is a top spot too — but Kent and Sussex do not have the right conditions for Champagne-style fizz.

Nesbitt said: “The best areas — in Essex and Suffolk — are drier, warmer and more stable.”


His team looked at factors including slope angles and soil to identify 35,000 hectares of prime UK wine land.

Bottoms-up spots include the Vale of Glamorgan, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wright, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Devon and Cornwall.

But only Essex and Suffolk will be able to grow good enough Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier grapes for “Champagne”.

They’ll need a new name though — fizz must be from France’s Champagne region to carry the name.


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