Grapes have been grown, and wine made in England, for at least two thousand years. At first it was the Romans who brought their secrets to our shores, but in the last few decades English wines have enjoyed a renaissance so remarkable that some are now exported to Italy. The story of English wine is told in this book, with a map and gazetteer to show how widespread vineyards are in Wessex and the West of England. Many are open to visitors and the owners are happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for English wine. Can there be a better way to pass a summer’s afternoon?