The south-west of England, including Gloucestershire, has long been an important part of the story of English wine-making - grapes have been cultivated here as far back as the 8th century. The region, like many English vineyard areas, is particularly cool and lies at the northernmost latitude of the global vineyard. Mostly white and sparkling wines are produced, with a small percentage of reds also available. Wines are typically light in body and alcohol, but high in acidity and concentration of flavour. Grape varieties most commonly planted include Seyval Blanc, Sieggerebe, Madeleine and Huxelrebe, all of which are particularly adept at coping with the cold English climate.