Vineyard

Membership

ukva-membershipThe United Kingdom Vineyard Association (UKVA) is the national organisation for grape growers and winemakers.  The UKVA provides advice, support and services for its members and their businesses, it represents its members’ views and campaigns on their behalf to ensure fair legislation for the industry and its continued success.

There are many benefits to joining the UKVA:

  • Is the first point of reference for information about grape growing and winemaking in the UK.
  • It provides support and training for growers and wine producers, from planting, vine care and winemaking to business and marketing.
  • It brings the industry together through competitions and events and forums for sharing information and accessing expertise.
  • It 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.
  • It promotes research and development into viticulture and winemaking in the UK.
  • It aims to protect the long-term reputation and success of the English wine industry.
  • It initiates coordinated generic marketing activities for English and Welsh wine and secures marketing advice, guidance and opportunities for its members.

Members receive the following:

  • Access to the email forum - a closed forum for UKVA members to discuss issues relating to vine growing and winemaking.
  • The "Grape Press" - the UKVA publication also sent out twice a year. National wine industry news, technical reports, and updates to legislation. It includes a Commercial Directory listing of winemakers, consultants and other service providers.
  • The "Green Book" - Annual publication from the UKVA giving details of pesticides approved for use in vineyards, ensuring that members spray effectively and legally.
    Preferential rates to enter the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition - for commercial growers, this is the UK wine industry "Oscars".  Awards are presented at a prestigious lunch each year.
  • Preferential rates to attend UKVA Symposia and technical conferences.
  • Regular Bulletins from the UKVA detailing important legislation changes and items of interest to members.
  • Only UKVA members are listed in the widely available in the Map of the Vineyards of England and Wales.

 

The UKVA works in association with the following organisations for the benefit of members:

English Wine Producers (EWP)

The UKVA works closely with the marketing body English Wine Producers, who provide generic marketing activities for English and Welsh wines, such as English Wine Week . 

The UKVA also works closely with Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), and is a member of the National Farmers Union (NFU), and Country Landowners Association (CLA).

Becoming a member of the UKVA

ukva-membership-tourThe UKVA is made up of seven Regional Associations. Under the current membership system, joining the UKVA is via the regional associations.   Please contact your local regional association, details of the seven regions are below.

Region Contact Details
SWVA - South West Vineyards Association

(Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire)

Faye Pratt (Membership Secretary)
Email: Faye Pratt
Tel: 01395 443877
web: www.swva.info

 
SEVA - South East Vineyards Association

(Surrey, Sussex, Kent, London South)

Belinda Mercer (Administrator)
Email Belinda Mercer
web: www.seva.uk.com

EAVA - East Anglian Vineyards Association

(Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk)

Linda Howard (Membership Secretary)
Email: Linda Howard
web: www.eastanglianwines.co.uk

MVA - Mercian Vineyards Association

(Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Durham & Northumbria, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Scotland, Northern Ireland)

Sarah Fletcher (Membership Administrator)
Email: Sarah Fletcher
Tel: 07970 180966
web: www.mercianvineyards.org.uk

TCVA - Thames and Chilterns Vineyards Association

(Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Greater London)

Sian Liwicki (Membership Secretary)
Email: Sian Liwicki
Tel:
01865 390067
web: www.thameschilternsvineyards.org.uk

WVA - Wessex Vineyards Association

(Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire)

Diana Davies (Secretary)
Email:Diana Davies
Tel:01672 569190

Welsh Vineyards Association

(The Counties of Wales)

Charlotte Bennett (Secretary)
Email:Charlotte Bennett
Tel: 01873 821443