How will the UK embrace sustainable viticulture?

WineGB AGM and Members’ Conference 2019

Thursday 2nd May | Vintners’ Hall, London

10.30am – 5.00pm

FLYER - WineGB AGM and Conference 2 May, Vintners Hall, London

AGM (11am- 12.30pm) :

Chairman’s report
  • An update on current projects and membership activities
  • A view of the long term strategy
  • A chance to discuss topics with the Board and the team representing your industry
  • Presentations from WineGB Industry Partners:  Strutt & Parker, and NFU Mutual


Conference (2pm - 5pm): How will the UK embrace sustainable viticulture? 

Speakers and conference highlights (also see flyer )


  • Clément Pierlot, Winemaker Vranken-Pommery and General Manager Pinglestone Estate

Champagne and sustainable development: diagnosis to action

“The progresses of all is more effective than the prowess of a few” This idiom resumes strategy in Champagne to face global warming and to develop sustainable viticulture. From 2001 the environmental strategy has achieve: decreases in pesticides and fertilisers use, development of certified viticulture, wastewater recovery and reuse, reducing of the carbon footprint and a progressive adaptation to the global warming.

  • Dr. Alistair Nesbitt, viti-climatologist and Vinescapes, MD.
    Prof. Steve Dorling, Professor of Meteorology in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.
    Prof. Declan Conway, Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Climate resilience in the UK wine production sector (CREWS-UK)

Uncertainty over future climatic conditions exposes existing producers and potential investors to an unquantified risk. There is a need for more and better information about climate change that wine producers and investors can use for decision-making. The CREWS-UK project is to fill this gap by providing actionable information based on sound science and collaboration with the UK wine production sector.

  • Andrew Lee, Director of Countryside, Policy and Management at the South Downs National Park Authority

Vineyards in Protected Landscapes – challenges and opportunities

Overview of vineyards in protected landscapes, in particular the South Downs National Park. Opportunities that vineyards in protected landscapes provide and the challenges that vineyards in protected landscapes provide.

Emmanuelle Hopkinson,  Sustainability Project Manager Plan A, Marks and Spencer

Climate change and climate resilience: growing quality wine into the future

An update on M&S Plan A policy; how far this has come and why this is important. Climate change and the picture in the UK. Climate resilience: managing our input on climate and producing quality wine in uncertainty.

  • Will Davenport, Owner, Davenport Vineyards

How can UK wine be more sustainable?

What we’ve done at Davenport Vineyards to improve the sustainability of our wine production from the vineyard to the customer and our plans to continue future improvements.


The AGM is free of charge and for WineGB Members and Associate Members only. BOOKING requested for AGM - select the AGM Only ticket (free). Notice of the AGM with the Annual Report and agenda is sent to members separately.

The Conference is open to all.

N.B. Only full members with voting rights are able to vote.

Conference tickets (including the buffet lunch) - open to all

WineGB members: Lunch and conference: £56 + VAT

Non-Members: Lunch and Conference: £66 + VAT

WineGB Student member rate: £42 + VAT




10:30 am Registration and coffee, Drawing Room

Visit WineGB Partners and Patrons stands

11:00 am AGM, Chairman’s report, and industry updates, Livery Hall

Presentations from WineGB industry partners:

Strutt and Parker

NFU Mutual

12:30 pm Buffet lunch, Drawing Room
1:50 pm Conference ‘How will the UK embrace sustainable viticulture?’, Livery Hall
2.00 pm Clément Pierlot, Vranken-Pommery: Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne
2.35 pm Dr Alistair Nesbitt, VineScapes and Prof Steve Dorling, UEA: Climate Resilience in the UK Wine Sector
3.10 pm Andrew Lee, Director of Countryside Policy & Management South Downs National Park
3.45 pm Refreshment break
4.00 pm Emmanuelle Hopkinson, Sustainability Delivery Manager, M&S:  Plan A and the retailers perspective
4.35 pm Will Davenport, Davenport Vineyards: UK grower and winemaker’s view
5.00 pm Close

Our Patrons and Industry Partners

The WineGB Patrons enable the organisation to raise funds to support activities that benefit the membership. Our Patrons will be exhibiting and looking forward to meeting members. This is a great opportunity to find out more about these valuable suppliers to the industry.   For details of WineGB Partners and Patrons please click here

Last years: WineGB AGM and Members' Conference 2018 brochure