Waitrose has claimed it will be the first UK retailer to create its own wine following the unveiling of its four-hectare vineyard in Hampshire.

Grapes at the vineyard, in Leckford, will grow and mature for five years before being used in a sparkling wine to arrive on Waitrose shelves in 2014. “The UK climate is ideal for this kind of crop and it is at the forefront of Waitrose’s ethics to use local land in the best way possible,” said a spokesman.

Waitrose also owns a farm in Leckford, which produces cider and other products.