Welcome to the South West Vineyard Association

The South West Vineyards Association (SWVA) is one of seven regional associations covering the wine growing areas of England and Wales. It covers the Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. We share some Monmouthshire members with the Welsh Vineyards Association and some Dorset members with the Wessex Vineyard Association. All of the regional associations share a national parent body, "Wines of Great Britain" (WineGB).

Founded in the 1970s in by the late Gillian Pearkes, Devon-based English vinegrowing pioneer, the SWVA spread outwards from Devon to become geographically the biggest of the regions with the largest number of members and now has a membership of around 80. West Country vineyards are typically smaller than the large commercial vineyards of the SE, mostly family-owned-and-run. Many are open for visiting. Expect to find authentic, individual, terroir-driven wines, passionate, hands-on producers and beautiful, rural, sometimes quirky, usually informal wine tourism destinations. The standard of wines is generally high.  Many are of international-award-winning quality and some producers are world-class trophy-winners.

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