We are deeply sorry to announce that Guy Howard, owner of Giffords Hall Vineyard in Suffolk, died last week, following a short illness.
Guy served on the Board of WineGB as one of its founding Directors representing the small/medium producers. He had also been chairman of East Anglian Vineyards Association and a member of its committee over a number of years.
Following a career in the Army, Guy went into stockbroking and fund management in the City where he worked until 2010. In 2004 Guy and his wife Linda bought Giffords Hall and together they developed the vineyards, reinstated a winery and built an acclaimed wine tourism business. Their wines regularly achieve success in Wine competitions and are sold both in the UK and overseas, primarily Japan and Europe.
WineGB’s Chairman, Simon Robinson has made the following statement:
“Guy was a delightful man and one of the real stalwarts of the English wine industry, particularly in East Anglia, where for many years he chaired the local vineyard association. As well as developing his own very successful vineyard business he was a fount of wisdom and common sense. Sadly I only really got to know Guy through WineGB where his contributions to board discussions were always well considered, wise and helpful. Guy gave a lot of his time, skill and experience to fellow vineyard owners and winemakers in the English wine community and will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to Linda and his family at this difficult time.”