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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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.