ukva-membershipWines of Great Britain (WineGB) is the new name for the national organisation for grape growers and winemakers.  WineGB 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 WineGB:

  • 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 members of 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. WineGB 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 and Welsh 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 full WineGB members to discuss issues relating to vine growing and winemaking.
  • The "Grape Press" - WineGB publication sent to members twice a year which contains national wine industry news, technical reports and articles, and updates to legislation. It includes a Commercial Directory listing of winemakers, consultants and other service providers.
  • The "Green Book" - Annual publication from WineGB giving details of pesticides approved for use in vineyards, ensuring that members spray effectively and legally.
  • Only WineGB members are eligible to enter the national competition WineGB Awards.  This is the "Oscars" for the wines of Great Britain.  Awards are presented at a prestigious lunch each year.
  • Symposia and technical conferences
  • Regular Bulletins from the WineGB detailing important legislation changes and items of interest to members.

Becoming a member of WineGB

ukva-membership-tourThere are seven Regional Vineyard Associations who play a very important role in the structure of the industry. On joining WineGB you also become a member of your geographic region.  You are welcome to join another region also.  

The membership subscription to both  WineGB and your Regional Association is managed centrally. Please contact Jo Cowderoy, Membership & Operations Manager on [email protected]

The contact details of the seven Regional Vineyard Associations can be found below. 

Region Contact Details
SWVA - South West Vineyards Association

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

Guy Smith (Chairman) 
Email: Guy Smith 

SEVA - South East Vineyards Association

(Surrey, Sussex, Kent, London South)

Nick Wenman (Chairman)
Belinda Mercer (Administrator)
Email Belinda Mercer

EAVA - East Anglian Vineyards Association

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

Dale Symons (Chairman)
Linda Howard (Membership Secretary)
Email: Linda Howard

MVA - Mercian Vineyards Association

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

Edward Templeman (Chairman)
Sarah Fletcher (Membership Administrator)
Email: Sarah Fletcher
Tel: 07970 180966

TCVA - Thames and Chilterns Vineyards Association

(Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire)

Bob Nielsen (Chairman)
Sian Liwicki (Membership Secretary)
Email: Sian Liwicki
01865 390067

WVA - Wessex Vineyards Association

(Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire)

Tim Ingram Hill (Chairman)
Diana Davies (Secretary)
Email:Diana Davies
Tel:01672 569190

Welsh Vineyards Association

(The Counties of Wales)

Robb Merchant (Chairman)
 Sarah Stewart (Secretary)
Tel: 01492 545596
Email: Sarah Stewart