To advance the multiple interests of all our members to establish Great Britain as one of the world’s great quality wine regions
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.
- Expert leadership
- An extensive range of services and support for all members
- A single, strong voice to represent the industry
- Marketing and communication
- Protection of provenance
- The guardian of the quality standards
- Education, training, research and development
- Wine tourism initiatives
- The availability and safe approval of plant protection products
Read the Trade Survey carried out early in 2018 which provides a benchmark for where the industry sat at that point and, more importantly, where it might be in the next 10 to 20 years. It provides an exciting vision of a vibrant industry with enormous potential to become an internationally acclaimed wine growing country of the highest quality.
THE ORGANISATION STRUCTURE
President: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
We are very proud that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has been our President since 2011. The Duchess’s support for the growing English and Welsh wine industry is greatly appreciated.
Her Royal Highness has visited many vineyards and attended events, always demonstrating her knowledge and genuine interest in English and Welsh wines.
Chairman: Simon Robinson, Hattingley Valley Vineyard, Hampshire
Simon Robinson founded Hattingley Valley Vineyard 2008. He retired from law after 24 years as a Partner in the London office of City solicitors Slaughter and May. He was the previous Chairman of English Wine Producers (EWP).
Vice-Chairman: Peter Gladwin, Nutbourne Vineyard, West Sussex
Peter Gladwin is the co-owner of Nutbourne Vineyard, where he is involved in the day to day operation of the vineyard and winery. Peter has spent his working life in the hospitality sector including event catering and restaurants. He was previously the Chairman of the UKVA.
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 Manager, Operations Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Administration Officer and Digital Media Officer. 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.