Here you can find out how WineGB has responded to Government Consultations. The information is organised chronologically, latest first, with the subject highlighted to make it easy to find.
Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
WineGB has submitted a response to a Defra consultation on the Deposit Return Scheme.
WineGB supports the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers in 2024, with the following stipulations:
- Glass bottles of 750ml and larger be excluded from the scheme given that there is already a strong culture of recycling wine bottles both by consumers and the on-trade.
- Small producers should be excluded from the obligation to host a return point due to lack of space and the administrative and financial burden of collecting bottles that they sell online.
- The period of 18 months to make necessary labelling changes should be extended.
For more information, read the full response below:
Yield limits and amendments to the PDO/PGI scheme
WineGB has submitted a draft application to Defra to ensure beyond any doubt that English and Welsh PDO and PGI wines can be made from the 2018 harvest despite arcane rules on yield limits. WineGB are proposing to enhance the taste tests applicable to still and sparkling PDO wines, making it clear that if passing all of the PDO except the taste test, the wine can be sold as a PGI wine.
Cellar Door Relief Scheme
WineGB has made a proposal to HMRC for an enhanced cellar door relief scheme, particularly important for smaller producers who retail a significant proportion of their wine directly from the vineyard/winery.
The future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit
WineGB response to the consultation launched on 27th February 2018 by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to the paper “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit” (Cm 9577) (the “Consultation Paper”):
Along with the two appendices:
WineGB Trade Survey: Looking to the Future
The results of the WineGB trade survey can be found here:
WineGB response to the request for evidence made by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Trade Agreements - Australia and New Zealand
WineGB response to the request for evidence made by the International Trade Select Committee in connection with possible Trade Agreements with Australia and New Zealand
Brexit - Priorities for UK Wine Growers and Producers
The United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP), (now WineGB), representing the interests of UK wine growers and producers, have identified eight priorities for the government to address and promote in preparing for Britain’s exit of the EU. These can be seen here: