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.

June 2021

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:

WineGB response to Defra consultation on Deposit Return Scheme

February 2019

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.

Application to Amend PDO and PGI - Draft 22 Feb 2019

DEFRA-GUIDANCE-PDO-ENGLISH rev 2019-01 DRAFT AMENDMENT re Yield limit and quality taste test


December 2018

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.

WineGB Cellar Door Relief Scheme proposal to HMRC

September 2018

EU Citizens Rights

EU citizens’ rights post-Brexit SR Sept 2018

April 2018

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”):

WineGB response to DEFRA Consultation paper CN9577 wed 0404_1109

Along with the two appendices:

WineGB Industry Report April 2018

WineGB Response to EFRA Committee

WineGB Trade Survey: Looking to the Future

The results of the WineGB trade survey can be found here:

WineGB Industry Report April 2018

March 2018

Immigration Regime

WineGB response to the request for evidence made by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Parliamentary Response to the request for evidence made by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee

February 2018

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: