Many years ago a seed (or should I say pip?) was sown that has grown into Grape Britannia.

In April 2006 my wife and I got married at our local vineyard, Chilford Hall, on a day full of the promise of spring, with the vines just waking from their dormancy after a long cold winter.  A few weeks earlier we had tasted the Chilford Hall range with a view to selecting a wine to drink on our wedding day.  We were delighted by the quality.

The sparkling rosé was the perfect start to our marriage.

Over the years, since that magical day, my passion for wine grew, and I absorbed myself in learning more about the world of wine, taking the Wine & Spirit Education Trust exams, ultimately achieving the highest level, the Diploma.

In 2018, as I tasted more and more wonderful examples of English wines, I decided that I would follow my heart and leave the world of accountancy to become a small part of the amazing English wine industry. My hope is to share these stunning wines as widely as possible and to spread the message about the quality revolution that has taken place.

We were delighted to achieve recognition of our passion for English wine, and the quality of our range, through winning the Decanter Retailer Awards for Best English & Welsh Wine Specialist in 2020 and then again in 2021.

Matt Hodgson


Minimising our impact

Grape Britannia is serious about reducing our impact on the environment.

We’re proud that drinking domestically-produced wine generates a much lower carbon footprint than drinking wine sourced from further afield – and with the tremendous blossoming of English wines in recent years, there is absolutely no compromise on quality.

Transporting a case of 6 bottles of English Sparkling Wine from Ridgeview in Ditchling, East Sussex, to Grape Britannia’s shop in Cambridge produces only a third of the CO2 emissions of importing Champagne from Epernay, and one-ninth of those created by bringing a case of Cava or Prosecco to our shop. *

What is more, we pledge carbon-neutral cycle deliveries to domestic addresses within the City of Cambridge. 

In line with our efforts to minimise the environmental impact you’ll find that wherever possible, we re-use suppliers’ boxes to send wine to you.

*As per the DHL Carbon Calculator at, checked April 2019