With more than 700 vineyards in the British Isles, English wine has become a dynamic force in the wine world, from the internationally feted sparkling wines that rival champagne to emerging still varieties making waves.
Based in the Kentish Downs and surrounded by vineyards and wine makers, Corkk are on a mission to champion English wine, especially smaller, artisanal producers. They’re doing this via their Corkk Club, which offers still, sparkling or mixed cases of wine curated by Master of Wine and English wine expert Clive Barlow. There’s also a carefully curated online shop (with wines also selected by Clive – subscribers get a discount) as well as gifts and wine-tasting experiences. The latter cleverly offers a pack of six 100ml vials so you can try lots of different wines without having to open full-sized bottles.
The strength of the Corkk Club is the many options available. Choose from still, sparkling or mixed cases on a monthly (£48 a month for still, £85 for sparkling, £60 for mixed), quarterly (£49 every 3 months for still, £90 for sparkling, £62 for mixed) or six-month basis. You can also customise how many bottles you receive in each box, with options for three, six and 12 bottles. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
We chose a three-bottle box, which arrived in minimal (yet still secure) plastic-free packaging, alongside lengthy descriptions and tasting notes for each wine. We loved the wines we were sent, including Wiltshire’s fresh and zingy Whitehall Vineyard bacchus 2019 with appealing elderflower and green apple notes; and a crisp, lively Simpsons Wine Estate Gravel Castle chardonnay from Kent.
With a wide range of price points, this is an accessible wine subscription and a great way to get more in-depth knowledge of English wine, as well as supporting smaller, local winemakers and vineyards.
- Available from Corkk, from £48 a month