- The English climate is not well-suited to viticulture. However, even at these high latitudes, some very successful still and sparkling wine is being made. The country has several hundred vineyards, predominantly in the southern counties of Essex, Hampshire, Hereford, Kent, Somerset, Suffolk, and Sussex. Müller-Thurgau is the predominant grape variety, and Seyval Blanc performs well. Other German varieties such as Huxelrebe and Schönburger are also used. The best wines are crisply acidic.