About Us

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.

UK Wine Producers offers:

  • Expert leadership: a Board of Directors from across the industry; an experienced team to drive the organisation’s business and a strong Management Advisory Committee providing a wealth of expertise
  • An extensive range of services and support for all members: a point of reference for information and advice; industry events; technical publications and updates, regular communications through bulletins, newsletters and an industry magazine plus a members’ only area on the new industry website area providing added resources and guidance
  • A single, strong voice to represent the industry: at all levels to Government, the EU and other national and international organisations
  • Marketing and communication: generic campaigns and promotional opportunities, marketing advice and guidance for its members
  • Protection of provenance; for the regulation and quality of English and Welsh wines
  • The guardian of the quality standards  through the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) and Varietal Wine Schemes.
  • Education, training, research and development: for the long-term sustainability of the industry both commercially and environmentally
  • Wine tourism initiatives: work now underway to deliver focused regional and national schemes to encourage visitors to the regions
  • Is responsible for the availability and safe approval of plant protection products used on grapes for wine production in the UK with a published list of approved products and regularly-updated guidance on safe and legal plant protection

The Organisation Structure

UK Wine Producers is a company limited by guarantee and overseen by a Board of Directors.  The current board comprises  6 Directors and a Chairman.  It employs a small executive team with a Chief Executive (to be appointed soon), Marketing Director, Membership & Operations Manager, Finance Officer and Marketing Assistant. It is an independent, non-profit organisation financed by its members and seeks additional funding from industry sponsors.

Meet the Team

Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Chairman, Simon Robinson, Hattingley Valley Vineyard, Hampshire


Vice Chairman, Peter Gladwin, Nutbourne Vineyard, West Sussex


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. 

 

 

ukva-presidentPresident

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 

Tamara Roberts, Ridgeview Wine Estate, West Sussex


Bruce Tindale, High Clandon Vineyard, Surrey


Mark Driver, Rathfinny Wine Estate, West Sussex


Frazer Thompson, Chapel Down Wines, Kent


Tim Ingram Hill, Southcott Vineyard, Wiltshire


Guy Howard, Giffords Hall Vineyard, Norfolk

Regional Association Chairs

Ed Tempelman

Mercian Vineyards Association. Ed Templeman. Somerby Vineyard, Lincolnshire.

South East Vineyards Association. Nick Wenman, Albury Vineyard, Surrey.

Thames & Chilterns Vineyard Association. Bob Nielsen, Brightwell Vineyard, Oxfordshire.

Welsh Vineyards Association. Robb Merchant, White Castle Vineyard.

 

East Anglia Vineyards Association. Guy Howard, Giffords Hall Vineyard, Norfolk.

South West Vineyards Association. Guy Smith, Smith & Evans, Somerset.

Wessex Vineyards Association. Tim Ingram Hill, Southcott Vineyard, Wiltshire.

The Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer - To be announced soon

Jo Cowderoy, Membership & Operations Manager

Marketing Director Julia Trustram Eve

Finance Officer & Company Secretary Mags Gilbert

Marketing Assistant Kristina Harlow

Management Advisory Committee

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

Industry Facts

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