Albury Vineyard, Surrey

Wines of Great Britain Ltd (WineGB) is the national body for grape growers and winemakers. The original national body was established in 1967 by a handful of early vineyard pioneers, and was know as the English Vineyards Association (EVA). This evolved to become the United Kingdom Vineyards Association which in January 2017 celebrated its 50 year anniversary.

Grape growing and winemaking in the UK has changed dramatically during over the last 50 years; England and Wales now have approximately 2500 hectares (6200 acres) of vineyards, with around 700 vineyards (of which about 540 are commercial), and over 160 wineries producing world-class internationally award winning sparkling, white, rose and red wines. The UK produced 5.9 million bottles in 2017.

With this dramatic growth of the UK wine production industry  Wines of Great Britain Ltd (WineGB) was formed on 1st September 2017 from the merger of the two previous bodies; United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP). This merger combined the resources, skills and expertise of both organisations to form a single and effective industry body to represent the grape growers and wine producers of Great Britain.

WineGB’s mission is to advance the multiple interests of all is members to establish Great Britain as one of the world’s great quality wine regions.

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WineGB offers:

Expert leadership: a Board of Directors from across the industry; an experienced team to drive the organisation’s business and a strong Management Advisory Committee providing a wealth of expertise

An extensive range of services and support for all members: a point of reference for information and advice; industry events; technical publications and updates, regular communications through bulletins, newsletters and an industry magazine plus a members’ only area on the website providing added resources and guidance.

A single, strong voice to represent the industry: at all levels to Government, the EU and other national and international organisations

Marketing and communication: generic campaigns and promotional opportunities, marketing advice and guidance for its members

Protection of provenance: for the regulation and quality of English and Welsh wines

The guardian of the quality standards through the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) and Varietal Wine Schemes.

Education, training, research and development: for the long-term sustainability of the industry both commercially and environmentally

Wine tourism initiatives: work now underway to deliver focused regional and national schemes to encourage visitors to the regions

The availability and safe approval of plant protection products used on grapes for wine production in the UK with a published list of approved products and regularly-updated guidance on safe and legal plant protection

The Organisation Structure

Wines of Great Britain is a company limited by guarantee and overseen by a Board of nine Directors. It employs a small executive team with a Chief Executive, Marketing Director, Membership & Operations Manager, Finance Officer and Marketing Assistant. The Regional Vineyard Associations are an important part of the industry structure and all members are also members of their regional association. WineGB is an independent, non-profit organisation financed by its members and seeks additional funding from industry sponsors.

President

Duchess of Cornwall

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
We are very proud that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has been our President since 2011. The Duchess’s support for the growing English and Welsh wine industry is greatly appreciated.

Her Royal Highness has visited many vineyards and attended events, always demonstrating her knowledge and genuine interest in English and Welsh wines.

Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Simon Robinson

Chairman, Simon Robinson, HattingleyValley Vineyard, Hampshire
Simon Robinson founded Hattingley Valley Vineyard 2008. He retired from law after 24 years as a Partner in the London office of City solicitors Slaughter and May. He was the previous Chairman of English Wine Producers (EWP).

Peter Gladwin

Vice Chairman, Peter Gladwin, Nutbourne Vineyard, WestSussex
Peter Gladwin is the co-owner of Nutbourne Vineyard, where he is involved in the day to day operation of the vineyard and winery. Peter has spent his working life in the hospitality sector including event catering and restaurants. He was previously the Chairman of the UKVA.

Board of Directors

Regional Vineyard Associations

Each of the seven Regional Vineyard Associations is led by a Chair and most also have a secretary. Please click here to find out more about the WineGB regions

The Executive Team

Management Advisory Committee

The WineGB Management Advisory Committee supports the Board of Directors in decision making and drives forward key initiatives and policies of through the working groups.

Each working group has an appointed leader, and consists of volunteers who possess a range of skills and expertise relevant to the various projects. The committee meets six times a year, and is currently chaired by Peter Gladwin. The working groups operate mostly by email, Skype or conference calls to keep costs down. There are around 60 volunteers providing this valuable support.

The current project topics and working group leaders are:

Regulation and Duty

Dominic Buckwell, Lawyer

Dominic Buckwell, Lawyer

  • UK Excise Duty proposal
  • Improvements to the quality wine schemes
  • Labelling terms and legislation
  • Protection
  • Industry Code of Conduct
Viticulture and Sustainability

Stephen Skelton MW, Consultant viticulturalist and author

Stephen Skelton MW, Consultant viticulturalist and author

  • Ongoing pesticides approvals and regular updates to members
  • Close working relationship with CRD and DEFRA
  • Production data collection
  • Collaboration with viticultural research projects.
Wine Production

Emma Rice, Head winemaker, Hattingley Valley Vineyard

Emma Rice, Head winemaker, Hattingley Valley Vineyard

  • Provision of seasonal advice and best practice for members
  • Quality benchmarking and recommendations for continued wine quality improvements
  • A guidance booklet for new entrants
  • Research in to a platform for grape and wine trading

Investigation of winemaking issues and collaboration with research projects

Membership Services & Internal Communications

Jo Cowderoy, WineGB Membership & Operations Manager

Jo Cowderoy, Membership & Operations Manager

  • Development of the members’ area of the website
  • Regular bulletins, notifications and newsletters to members
  • A programme of members’ events
  • Recruitment of new members
  • Member support and services
    Review of the membership fee structure and benefits for 2019
Marketing, PR and External Communication

Julia Trustram Eve

WineGB Marketing Director

Marketing Director, Julia Trustram Eve

  • New branding, logo for WineGB
  • New industry website
  • A marketing plan for 2018 to include events, campaigns and communications
  • The ongoing development of the national competition
  • English and Welsh Wine Week 2018

The development of a marketing toolkit for members

Wine Tourism

Mark Harvey, Managing Director Chapel Down Wines

Mark Harvey, Managing Director Chapel Down Wines

  • Focus on regional and national tourism initiatives to improve the quality and provide guidance on best practice
  • Development of maps (regional, national and interactive)
  • Lobbying for support from Government
    Working with the Marketing group to deliver tourism-related campaigns or initiatives
Exports

Sam Linter, Managing Director Bolney Wine Estate

Sam Linter, Managing Director Bolney Wine Estate

  • Guidelines and advice for exporting, to include regulations, available support and other requirements for key markets
  • Developing relationships with key trade bodies and relevant service suppliers
    Export marketing development
Government Relations

David Parkinson, WineGB Chief Executive

David Parkinson, WineGB Chief Executive

  • Build relations with local and central government
  • Work with WineGB Wine Champions Neil Parish MP and Anthea McIntyre MEP
  • Creation of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), to provide a powerful route to campaign on behalf of industry issues
  • Work with government and other bodies taking our industry view on issues related to Brexit and duty
    Ensure Government support of our work with Chemicals Regulatory Division for plant protection products
Research and Development

Geoff Taylor, Wine Chemist at Campden BRI

Geoff Taylor, Wine Chemist at Campden BRI

Horizon scanning for resources and research papers relevant to members
Research projects to improve quality, yield, consistency and sustainability within the industry.

Training and Recruitment

Jeremy Kerswell, Principal Plumpton College

Jeremy Kerswell, Principal Plumpton College

Ongoing programme of training opportunities to meet the needs of all members
Apprenticeships and international exchange opportunities
Consideration of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme

Sponsorship and support

Lynne Whitaker

WineBrands

 

Coordinating the Patrons programme for key businesses to bring support to provide additional membership benefits for good/services.
Development of industry partnerships