WineGB South East's main aim is to benefit its members; principally the wine producers in the counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London South. It is managed by a committee of around 12 elected members, and employs a General Secretary who works on a part-time basis. A member of the committee is elected to the role of treasurer, and oversees the financial side of the organisation. Around four committee meetings are held each year, at which the committee discusses topical issues and organises the association’s activities. Their decisions are fed back to members, and, where appropriate, by the Chair, to WineGB.
Each year elections are held at our regional Annual General Meeting, and the longest serving 1/3 of the committee are asked to retire or to stand again for election. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please get in touch with us via [email protected].
Our aims are to:
- Share local knowledge of viticulture, wine making and business information through forums and social events
- Promote regional wines through wine tourism
- Facilitate funding for development and marketing initiatives
- Represent members at national level within WineGB
Who can join?
Anyone who has an interest in wine produced in the South East of England is invited to join, but the Association is specifically designed to meet the needs of commercial producers of English Wine and amateur vinegrowers and winemakers in the region. Details of how to join can be found on the WineGB membership pages.
These are just some of the reasons to join the WineGB South East:
- Printed newsletter once a year
- Bi-monthly e-newsletter
- Regular emailed news and updates
- Invites to attend to Social Events: including our summer BBQ, harvest celebration, AGM/Technical Conference and study tours.
- Membership of the our regional email forum so you can communicate directly with the other members
- The opportunity for commercial members with vineyards/wineries to attend Regional Forums for vineyard managers, winemakers and wine business
- Opportunities to meet other members, network, and share knowledge and information
- The opportunity to attend our biennial study tours – so far, we have successfully organised visits to the Champagne region, Alsace in 2013, Germany in 2015 and North East Italy in 2017. Please contact Belinda Mercer, General Secretary on [email protected] for further information.
- Free copy of the Grapevine Symptoms Guide (one per producer)
- Opportunity for commercial producers open to the public to have an entry in the regional Wine Visitors Guide for London and the South East, published bi-annually
- Up to date information about the latest training courses and educational opportunities available to those in the industry
- The opportunity to put yourself forward as a Regional Committee member
And much more…! To find out how to join WineGB click here...