WineGB supports research and development, education and training, for the long term environmental and economic sustainability of the UK wine production industry.

Research and development specific to grapegrowing and winemaking in the UK being carried out by NIAB-EMR (East Malling, Kent) in consortium with other research partners across the UK.

A viticulture consortium comprising NIAB-EMR and the leading UK vineyards, Chapel Down, Nyetimber and Gusbourne Estate, was launched at Fruit Focus (20/7/16) with the aim of providing much-needed underpinning science to the rapidly growing UK quality wine sector. The East Malling Viticulture Research Consortium, Chaired by Campden BRI’s Geoff Taylor, will help direct the focus of the work undertaken at NIAB EMR and to ensure the application of its science will play a significant role in the sustainability and profitability of the UK wine industry.

The consortium benefits from NIAB-EMR’s extensive science team and network to develop cost effective research and knowledge transfer activities. The consortium is delighted to welcome new forward-thinking members from all aspects of the UK viticulture sector who share similar high quality aspirations. If you are interested please contact Dr Julien Lecourt:

NIAB EMR’s grape research programme

Grape research programme at NIAB EMR is co-ordinated by Dr Julien Lecourt (From University of Bordeaux and INRA) and involves leading scientists from across NIAB EMR’s three research programmes:

  • Resource Efficiency for Crop Production
  • Genetics & Crop Improvement
  • Pest & Pathogen Ecology for Sustainable Crop Management

NIAB EMR’s concept vineyard

NIAB EMR has planted (2015) a research vineyard for both scientific and demonstration purposes. The vineyard is ensuring that research is directly applicable to commercial vineyards and also provides an essential tool to test upstream innovative practices or novel ideas of research in viticulture.

For more information on NIAB EMR’s viticulture research programme see

The WineGB’s Management Advisory Committee working group for Research and Development and for Viticulture work closely with research projects relevant for the UK industry.

For information on Education and Training click here

Reports and Useful Links

WineSkills mentor reports

Suggested Journals

Other reports

Useful Links:

American Journal of Enology and Viticulture

Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research


Plumpton College (Wine Department)

AHDB  (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board)

FERA Science

CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne)

IOC (International Organisation of Vine and Wine)

IMW (Institute of Masters of Wine)

WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust)

WSTA (Wine and Spirit Trade Assocation)