Wine consumption at authorities occasions rose by greater than 20 per cent prior to now 12 months, a report has revealed.

International Workplace minister Sir Alan Duncan mentioned the soar within the variety of bottles drunk was “as a result of an elevated variety of bigger occasions” over the past 12 months.

He made a written assertion alongside the publication of the Authorities Hospitality Wine Cellar Annual Report – which confirmed the preferred wine served at capabilities was English and Welsh, making up 57 per cent of the entire.

The cellar is self-funding, with an impartial physique in control of shopping for shares of classic wine, protecting them for plenty of years then promoting them at a revenue at public sale.

The cash is then used to purchase cheaper wine to be drunk at authorities occasions that 12 months.

This 12 months greater than £50,000 was raised via gross sales of high-value bottles – together with six of the 1989 classic crimson wine from Chateau Haut-Brion in south-west France, which may go for greater than £2,000 every.

This was up £10,000 from the earlier 12 months, as a way to offset purchases of £56,976 for wine to be consumed over the previous 12 months, up from £45,042 in 2016/17.

It equated to a complete consumption of three,935 bottles of wine and spirits, a rise of 20 per cent from the traditionally low determine of three,261 the 12 months earlier than.

English glowing wines have been the preferred, with 495 drunk final 12 months.

White wine from the Burgundy area of France was in second place at 247, with crimson wine from the Bordeaux area in third with 179.

Of the brand new inventory bought to be used within the coming years, 64 per cent was English or Welsh, with 1,440 bottles of white wine from Kent winery Chapel Down making up the largest portion.

The cellar was arrange 110 years in the past and has been situated within the basement of Lancaster Home in Whitehall for a few years.

The report reveals it incorporates a complete of 33,097 bottles of wine and spirits, with an estimated market worth of £3.3million.

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