Our Mission: To secure environmental sustainability at the heart of the UK wine production industry
"Our vision is to create a strong and vibrant community within the English and Welsh wine industry that actively promotes sustainability through information sharing and a certification scheme that is inclusive, effective and well-respected by our customers."
WineGB recognises that our industry has a shared responsibility to minimise our impact on the environment and maximise our contribution to environmental conservation and biodiversity.
Our members work with nature to maintain the highest level of grape and wine quality, and undertake to:
- Secure environmental sustainability at the heart of UK wine production
- Protect vineyard soils, conserve the environment and promote biodiversity
- Reduce water and non-renewable energy consumption, and minimise carbon footprint
- Manage vineyards sustainably, with minimal pesticide and fertiliser inputs
Commercial Wine Producers can gain certification for their vineyards, wineries and wines by following the Scheme Guidelines and successfully completing an independent audit every three years.
In particular, they must observe, measure and record data relating to our sustainability guidelines, which will then be benchmarked with that of other members. This will lead to a culture of continuous improvement towards our goal of securing environmental sustainability at the heart of the UK wine production industry.
One of the key features of this Scheme is that Members are required to calculate the carbon footprint of their vineyard and winery every year, using the WineGB Carbon Calculator.
The workgroup to create the Sustainable WineGB certification scheme first met in January 2019. Since then a huge amount of work has taken place so that we expect the first sustainability certified wines to be released in Spring 2021.
To get a better idea of the sort of work we do have a look at examples of our bulletins and updates.
You can find out much more about the scheme in the 'Visitors' section of the website here.