Britain could be a major wine producer and exporter by 2100 - with Essex becoming the site of leading vineyards - a study has found.
Britain's changing levels of temperature and rainfall could produce ideal conditions for sauvignon blanc and chardonnay in as yet unfamiliar wine areas, according to the University College London study for Laithwaite's Wine.
Professor Mark Maslin and Lucien Georgeson used average temperature and rainfall conditions required for growing different grape varieties with predicted changes in climate to map changes to British viticulture over the next 85 years.
They worked on the theory that temperatures are expected to increase by at least a further 2.2C by 2100 and rainfall will increase by 5.6%.
The study said malbec could be produced in the Thames Estuary area in places such as Romford and Southend.