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About Us

The United Kingdom Vineyard Association (UKVA) is the national organisation for grape growers and winemakers. The organisation was originally established in 1965 by a handful of early vineyard pioneers, and in 2015 celebrated its 50 year anniversary.  Grape growing and winemaking in the UK has changed dramatically during this time; England and Wales now have over 2000 hectares under vine, with 500 commercial vineyards, over 130 wineries producing world-class internationally award winning sparkling, white, rose and red wines.   In the last 16 years English sparkling wines have won no less than 15 International Trophies in global competitions. 

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UKVAUKVA vision:  That our premium, unique and distinctive cool-climate wines have global recognition for their quality and sustainable production.

UKVAUKVA mission:  To represent its members' views, provide advice, services and lobby on the members’ behalf, to ensure fair legislation for the industry and its continued success.

The UKVA

  • Provides support and training for growers and wine producers, from planting, vine care and winemaking to business and marketing.
  • Is the first point of reference for information about grape growing and winemaking in the UK.
  • Brings the industry together through competitions and events and forums for sharing information and accessing expertise.
  • Works with the UK government, its agencies, and the EU, to represent members’ interests and lobbies on their behalf to ensure fair legislation and regulation.
  • Is the guardian of the quality standards and the protected names of English wine and Welsh wine, through the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected
  • Geographical Indicator (PGI) and Varietal Wine Schemes.
  • Is responsible for the availability and safe approval of plant protection products used on grapes for wine production in the UK. The UKVA publishes a list of approved products along with regularly-updated guidance on safe and legal plant protection.
  • Promotes research and development into viticulture and winemaking in the UK.
  • Aims to protect the long-term reputation and success of the English wine industry.
  • Initiates coordinated generic marketing activities for English and Welsh wine and secures marketing advice, guidance and opportunities for its members.

The Organisation Structure

The UKVA is a company limited by guarantee and overseen by a Board of Directors.  The current board comprises  9 Directors and employs a Chief Executive and General Secretary. It is an independent, non-profit organisation financed by its members and seeks additional funding from industry sponsors.

Meet the Team

ukva-presidentUKVA President

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The UKVA is very proud that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has been its 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 UKVA events, always demonstrating her knowledge and genuine interest in English and Welsh wines.

Sam LindoChairman

Sam Lindo, Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornwall

Sam Lindo, a maths graduate and second generation winemaker at Camel Valley. Sam opted not to follow a career in the city and, after a vintage in New Zealand, returned to the family farm where his wines have won many International awards.

peter-gladwyn-1Deputy Chairman

Peter Gladwin, Nutbourne Vineyard, West Sussex

Peter Gladwin is the co-owner of Nutbourne Vineyard in West Sussex, is a chef, writer and vineyard worker. He was one of the founders of Party Ingredients Private Caterers and remains chairman of this highly reputed special events caterer in central London.

Barry LewisChief Executive Officer

Barry Lewis, Amber Valley Wines, Derbyshire

Barry Lewis, a businessman and former professional archaeologist, is a grower and English wine merchant. He owns and runs Derbyshire vineyard Amber Valley Wines and online retail business The English Wine Shop. Barry also has experience in local politics as a County Council political group leader and works part time for an East Midlands MEP.

Jo CowderoyGeneral Secretary

Jo Cowderoy, West Sussex

Jo Cowderoy first became involved with wine production in England nearly 30 years ago with the family vineyard Rock Lodge in West Sussex. She is happy on a tractor in the vines, in the cellar or making sales calls. From 2009 to 2015 Jo ran the WineSkills training programme for UK producers and was part of the lecturing team in the wine department at Plumpton College.

Board of Directors (the regional chairs)

Chris FossChris Foss

South East Vineyards Association

Ian EdwardsIan Edwards

South West Vineyards Association

Ed TempelmanEd Templeman

Mercian Vineyards Association

Guy HowardGuy Howard

East Anglia Vineyards Association

Tim Ingram-HillTim Ingram-Hill

Wessex Vineyards Association

Robb MerchantRobb Merchant

Welsh Vineyards Association

Bob Nielsen Thames and Chiltern Valley Vineyards Association

 

Management Committee

The UKVA Council is supported by a Management Committee of volunteers, chaired by Peter Gladwin, to lead organisational developments.