The United Kingdom Vineyard Association (UKVA) is the national organisation for grape growers and winemakers. The organisation 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 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.
UKVA vision: That our premium, unique and distinctive cool-climate wines have global recognition for their quality and sustainable production.
UKVA 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
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.
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.
UKVA Vice Chairman
Guy Howard, Giffords Hall, Suffolk
Guy Howard was an army officer prior to working as a stockbroker and subsequently a fund manager in both London and Asia, and has held director level posts for many years. Guy is now fully employed with his vineyard, Giffords Hall.
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 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)
Mercian Vineyards Association
East Anglia Vineyards Association
Wessex Vineyards Assocation
Welsh Vineyards Association
South East Vineyards Association
South West Vineyards Association
Thames and Chilterns Vineyards Association
Large Growers and Producers Group