Yearlstone Vineyard in Tiverton, Devon is hosting a talk, Making a Living from a Vineyard, while Denbies will get the public bud rubbing.
Kent’s Harbourne Vineyard is offering 10% discounts on wines bought during the week, with many other vineyards offering free tours, wine and local food tastings, discounts and talks.
Laithwaites and the Wine Society will be among a host of retailers participating in activities. “It’s all about creating a stir, keeping English wines in the public’s sight, and engaging what is already a real interest,” said Julia Trustram Eve of English Wine Producers.
Statistics from the Food Standards Agency show a 20% increase in wine production hectarage from 2008 to 2009, with a further 25% planted but still to come on stream.
Around 3 million bottles were produced for the 2009 vintage.