We know that in Roman times, the climate was warm enough in England to produce wine from English grown grapes. However in the centuries that followed weather conditions became less favourable and the vineyards were abandoned. In the last thirty years however, many new vineyards have been planted in England. Farmers as far north as Yorkshire are growing vines and making wine all because of recent changes to weather patterns.

At Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, a new vineyard was planted at the beginning of the 1990’s. Gaining planning permission to grow vines was difficult at first but after a successful court case, it was accepted that growing vines and making wine is an an agricultural practice rather than an industrial one. Wroxeter Roman Vineyard is open to the public, and tours of the vineyard can be arranged.