How will the UK embrace sustainable viticulture?


Thursday 2nd May, Vintners Hall, London



On 2nd May, Vintners’ Hall, London, Wines of Great Britain held its AGM and Members’ Conference entitled:  How will the UK embrace sustainable viticulture’.  Over 120 members of the UK wine production industry attended, showing the interest and enthusiasm from a small, but fast developing region and that UK wine producers  are taking sustainability very seriously.

Chairman’s report

How will the UK embrace sustainable viticulture? 

All the speaker presentations are available to WineGB members in the Members' Area.

Clement Pierlot
Champagne and sustainable development: diagnosis to action

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

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

Dr Alistair Nesbitt
Professor Steve Dorling
Professor Declan Conway
Climate resilience in the UK wine production sector (CREWS-UK)

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

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
Vineyards in Protected Landscapes – challenges and opportunities

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

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

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

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
How can UK wine be more sustainable?

Will Davenport, Owner, Davenport Vineyards

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.

Our Patrons and Industry Partners

The WineGB Patrons enable the organisation to raise funds to support activities that benefit the membership. Our Partners and 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


(WineGB AGM and Members' Conference 2018 brochure)