By Lauren Jade Hill
In recent years English sparkling wine has continually garnered praise from wine critics across the world and even been placed in parallel with champagne. Now a new term has been trademarked to further distinguish English sparkling wine’s identity. Bulari—a variation of the Latin word for bubbles—was registered by Poulton Hill Estate in the Cotswolds.
While Bulari is first being used on this wine estate’s own bottles of award-winning white and rosé sparkling wines, the estate will also be offering the name under license to other producers. To maintain the high standard that’s attached to the Bulari term, only the wine producers who meet the same production criteria will be able to take on the name.
For a number of years winemakers have been in search of a generic term for the English sparkling wine to signify its high quality and represent its prestige; Bulari could be the term that further elevates its standing on the world stage and one that is eventually recognized alongside champagne, prosecco and cava.
The vineyard of Poulton Hill Estate lies across seven hectares, producing 20,000 bottles each year from grapes that are harvested by hand. On this land, white grape varieties bacchus, seyval blanc and phoenix grow alongside the red varieties pinot noir, regent and rondo. Traditional winemaking methods are then used in each step of the production process. These wines are sold in the surrounding region and supplied at the area’s restaurants and bars.
To purchase the wine online, go over to poultonhillestate.co.uk. Tours and tastings are available on appointment from April to September.