(Note: this post is now superseded by this page)
I’ve been playing around with online mapping, and created an interactive map of UK vineyards.
The above map shows vineyards with over 2.5 hectares planted. The data is based on data made public by Stephen Skelton on his English Wine and English Sparkling Wines websites. Some of the data originates from the Wine Standard Board who collect information on planted areas from commercial wine producers. The data was then enriched by Stephen. All I’ve really done is to clean it a little, process it and display it on an interactive map.
Rather than using the embedded map above, the best way to see a map of UK vineyards is simply to save the KML file I created to your computer and open it in Google Earth (it’s easy to install Google Earth if you haven’t already got it). This gives a single fully functioning interactive map with placemarks sized according to planted area and with no limits on the number of placemarks displayed. Clicking on a placemark will, where data is available, allow you to see the planted varieties and a link to the producer’s website. One of the coolest things about the map file is that you can load it into Google Maps, save it to “my maps” then pick it up on your iPhone in the Google Earth app: I currently carry the UK Vineyards interactive map around with me in my pocket. Alternatively, you can “click on larger image” on the Google Maps map above, then switch to “Earth” view if you’ve got the Google Earth plug-in installed. Apologies to those of you for whom this is gibberish, but please persevere since it looks great!
Comments regarding the map or the data are greatly appreciated. If you’ve got any questions about how to use it or load it then just send me a message.
Below is an embedded map of the vineyards of planted area 0.5-2.5hectares
Below is an embedded map of the vineyards of planted area below 0.5hectares
The total number of vineyards covered here is 438, with the total planted area being 1,300 hectares. This is more than the 381 vineyards listed by the Wine Standard Branch (Food Standards Agency), although tallies quite well with the 1,324 hectares stated on that same site. Many vineyards are missing from either count, with comment on this available in Stephen Skelton’s “UK Vineyards Guide 2010.”