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Fancy a bit of Romford Rioja or Peckham Prosecco?

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Fancy a bottle of Romford Rioja? Or how about a nice bit of Peckham Prosecco?

Britain is tipped to become a major wine producer and exporter by 2100 with parts of the South East producing some of the juiciest grapes.

Really? Yes really - according to a study by the University College London.

Britain's changing temperatures and rainfall levels could produce ideal conditions for Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in as yet unfamiliar wine areas such as Peckham and Milton Keynes.

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%.

Climate is critical to successful grape cultivation. This study could signal how we think long-term about British wine production and redraw the future wine map of the world. However, exactly where would be best for particular grapes will depend on site, slope, aspect, soil and drainage as wine-making is as much an art as it is a science.

– Professor Mark Maslin

The study said malbec could be produced in the Thames Estuary area in places such as Romford, Southend and as far west as Slough.