On 1st September 2017 English Wine Producers Ltd and United Kingdom Vineyards Association merged to form a new national body for the UK wine industry, now called Wines of Great Britain Limited
The national body for the English and Welsh wine industry is now called WINES OF GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED.
It will use the shortened name ‘WINEGB’ in all its outward-facing communications, including the website, which will be launched this spring as wineGB.co.uk.
Wines of Great Britain was formed from the merger of the two organisations that existed within the UK wine industry, United Kingdom Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers. Members of these two organisations voted in July 2017 to merge the two to become one national body.
As part of the merger agreement, a new board was created to drive the industry forward. A new CEO was appointed on 1st January 2018.
The new industry organisation brings together the strengths and skills of both UKVA and EWP into one united national trade body, with the sole purpose of promoting, representing and supporting the interests of all sizes of vineyards and producers in Great Britain. This will include acting as a single voice to represent the industry at all levels in dealings with government and other national/international organisations; focus on the control and protection of the provenance, regulation and quality of English and Welsh wines; support delivery of education, training and research; build tourism and create a generic marketing and communications programme for domestic and overseas promotion.
The new board of Wines of Great Britain comprises wine producers of different sizes who each bring individual skills and expertise to the operation. The chairman of the new organisation will be Simon Robinson of Hattingley Valley Wines, formerly chairman of EWP. UKVA’s former chairman, Peter Gladwin of Nutbourne Vineyards, is deputy chairman.
The operational executive comprises CEO David Parkinson, Jo Cowderoy (membership & operations manager) and marketing director Julia Trustram Eve.
A Management Advisory Committee is also in place, comprising the chairs of different working groups with specialist knowledge of different areas of the industry that provide research, advice and recommendations to the Board. These areas include regulation, viticulture, winemaking and research to export, tourism and marketing. Each group is made up of key experts from within and outside of the industry.
Until the new website is up and running, the EWP and UKVA websites will continue to provide updated information:
www.englishwineproducers.com – news, events, vineyard listings, history and background information, trade & press news and events
www.ukva.org.uk – information and support for growers and producers, Wine Schemes, industry publications