UK Wine Producers (UKWP) is the new national organisation for grape growers and winemakers. The national body was originally established in 1967 by a handful of early vineyard pioneers, and in January 2017 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 around 700 vineyards (not all commercial), and 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.
The national body is dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for the UK wine production industry by:
- Promoting, representing and supporting the interests of all sizes of vineyards and wine producers in England and Wales
- Providing a wide range of services and benefits for its members
- Being a clear and powerful voice for the industry ensuring the needs of members are heard at the highest level.
UK Wine Producers is the new national body for all grape growers and wine producers in Great Britain. It was formed on 1st September 2017 from the merger of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP). This merger brings the resources, skills and expertise of both organisations combined to form a single and effective industry body.
Our vision: That our premium, unique and distinctive cool-climate wines have global recognition for their quality and sustainable production.
Our 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.
Meet the Team
Chairman and Vice-Chairman
Simon Robinson founded Hattingley Valley Vineyard 2008. He retired from law after 24 years as a Partner in the London office of City solicitors Slaughter and May. He was the previous Chairman of English Wine Producers (EWP).
Peter Gladwin is the co-owner of Nutbourne Vineyard, where he is involved in the day to day operation of the vineyard and winery. Peter has spent his working life in the hospitality sector including event catering and restaurants. He was previously the Chairman of the UKVA.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
We are very proud that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has been our 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 events, always demonstrating her knowledge and genuine interest in English and Welsh wines.
Board of Directors
Regional Association Chairs
The Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer - To be announced soon