A British Airways flight attendant is pouring one of the new English sparking wines into a glass for a passenger

Press Release: British Airways introduces English wines to Club World


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueBritish Airways has introduced award-winning English Sparkling wines in its Club World (business class) cabin so customers can enjoy the ‘best of British’ bubbles at 35,000ft. 

The airline’s Master of Wine has worked carefully with several award-winning wineries to source, taste and select a range of English Sparkling wines for customers to sample in the comfort of their  seat. The introduction of four English Sparkling wines in Club World will be a first for the airline,  previously only available in the airline’s First cabin with Hattingley Valley from Hampshire.  

The four English Sparkling wine options will be available on a rotational basis, changing every three  months. This means that customers will be able to choose from two sparkling options when travelling  in Club World, including the current Champagne resident Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Silver Top Non Vintage Champagne, and now an exclusive English Sparkling wine option. 

The first English Sparkling wine will be the Digby Fine English Brut NV, which has over three years’  maturation, giving it great complexity and finesse for customers to savour. This wine pairs well with  delicate dishes on the airline’s Club World menu, such as the grilled cod with sweet potato  mousseline, mozzarella mezzaluna or an after-dinner selection of cheeses.  

A close up of the British Airways English sparking wines.

From July, the airline will serve the Balfour Rosé de Noirs, grown on the Balfour Hush Heath Estate in  Kent, and made only from red grapes. This lighter rosé sparkling wine is an exclusive blend for British  Airways, making it only available at 35,000ft for customers in the airline’s Club World cabin.  

Later in the year, Simpsons Chalklands Cuvee Brut NV, from Kent will be available from October for  three months. This epitomises English elegance and is pale gold in colour, with delicate notes of crisp  green apple. Finally, Wiston Estate Brut NV from the South Downs, is refreshing in flavour, with citrus and toasty notes and available for customers to try in the airline’s Club World cabin from January  2024.

British Airways’ Director of Onboard Experience, Sajida Ismail, said: “We know English Sparkling  wines have attracted international acclaim over the years and are only growing in popularity, so we’re  really excited to offer our customers English Sparkling wines in our Club World cabin. 


“We’re really proud to work with four of the very best wine producers across England to celebrate  British provenance and bring exclusive sparkling options for customers to try for themselves on board.”  

The airline continues to spotlight a destination through its premium wine selection, celebrating a  different destination in its network each quarter. In April, the airline will spotlight wines from the  regions surrounding the city of Porto, Portugal, in its Club World and First cabins, including Anselmo  Mendes’ Muros Antigos Loureiro Vinho Verde and Casa Ferreirinha’s Callabriga Douro.  

Elsewhere, British Airways continues to elevate its drinks portfolio with the launch of Whispering  Angel Provence Rosé and The Pale, curated by the Whispering Angel teams, last year. Customers can  enjoy these varieties across its lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick.  

British Airways recently introduced new seasonal menus across its cabins to celebrate Valentine’s  Day and promote the best of British cuisine, and is launching Easter and Eid menus over the coming  weeks. The airline has also been trialling menu variations and service styles with the airline’s cabin  crew to ensure they meet customers’ expectations.  

A close up of the new British Airways English sparking wine being poured into a glass.

About British Airways 

As a global airline and the UK’s flag carrier, British Airways has been flying its customers to where  they need to be for more than 100 years. The airline connects Britain with the world and the world  with Britain, operating one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks  together with its joint business, codeshare and franchise partners. British Airways flies to destinations  in more than 65 countries. Its principal place of business is London, with its main home at Heathrow  Terminal 5. In 2021, the airline won six Business Traveller Awards including Best Short-Haul Carrier,  Best Airport Lounge, Best Frequent Flyer Programme, Best Travel App and Best New Seat. In  September 2021, British Airways launched its sustainability programme, BA Better World, committing  to put sustainability at the heart of everything it does and with a clear roadmap to achieve net zero  carbon emissions by 2050. British Airways is a founding member of the airline alliance oneworld,  which serves around 1,000 destinations across the globe. The latest information on the measures  British Airways is taking to ensure its customers have a safe experience when travelling can be  found on ba.com.

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