The Observer, Escape
By Dinah Hatch
English wine has long been an object of derision, but on a tasting tour of the vineyards of the South Downs Dinah Hatch discovers that a quiet revolution has been under way. Could Sussex be the new Napa Valley?
Unless you are a bit of a wine buff, you may have missed the quiet revolution going on in English vineyards. We are, it seems, getting rather good at wine again after a long period of leaving it to the French because our monasteries had been dissolved and the monks had been the only ones who knew what they were doing.