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Bid to boost English wine sales abroad tenfold

After a record year for English wine in 2015 the government is backing plans to boost exports tenfold. Photo: ITV News Anglia

After a record year for English wine in 2015 the government is backing plans to boost exports tenfold. That will benefit dozens of vineyards across the Anglia region.

It's thought wine exports could shoot up from a quarter of a million bottles a year to two and a half million by 2020.

Joyce Boulos-Hanna says English wine is suddenly getting noticed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

New Lodge Vineyard in Earls Barton makes about 2,000 bottles of wine a year.

Joyce Boulos-Hanna says English wine is suddenly getting noticed and coming to the forefront.

"Many vineyards are winning awards abroad, getting gold medals, up against international wines.

It's spreading the word that English wine is good and no longer a wallpaper stripper. Export or die, is what we used to say."

– Joyce Boulos-Hanna, New Lodge Vineyard
A 10-fold increase in wine exports is being forecast over the next four years. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Over the next four years a 10-fold increase in wine exports is being predicted.

That'll boost their value from £3.2 million pounds - to more than £30 million.

There are also plans to plant more vineyards and use new data to find the best land for growing grapes.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper