UK Vineyards Association agrees changes to fit it for industry growth

New Management Committee  and salaried CEO for UKVA


UKVA_AGM_2016At its AGM on 11th February, the UK Vineyards Association agreed a stronger management and governance structure to fit it better for the future of the growing  English and Welsh wine industry. It plans to appoint a new part time Chief Executive Officer to work with the existing Secretary, and has appointed a new management committee to oversee development progress.

The meeting was held at Vintners Hall, the 17th C City of London headquarters of the Worshipful Company of Vintners which has, appropriately, become the ceremonial home of the UKVA. Over 70 members, including several from the SWVA including our Chair Ian Edwards and Vice Chair Guy Smith attended the AGM. Pictured right are UKVA Secretary Jo Cowderoy and Chairman Sam Lindo, of Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall, who has led the project to develop the organisation over the past year, outlining the proposals.

A structure Group and Marketing Group have been working over the year to agree what the ideal organisation would look like, and to map out how to move towards it. Additionally, under the leadership of Chris Foss of Plumpton College an R&D group is taking shape. These changes are a first step, to give the UKVA and the industry capacity to move forward.

The management committee was appointed by Sam Lindo at its start, but with the intention that in future it will be elected by members. It comprises twelve members, from two large and two small producers, two wine production consultants, two scientists, two wine marketing specialists, a law expert and an accountant. It is chaired by Peter Gladwin of Nutbourne Vineyard in Sussex and met for the first time immediately after the AGM. The position of CEO has been advertised within the UKVAs membership.

The existing UKVA Council of regional chairs will continue to be the overall governance body, will agree the UKVA's strategy and budget and will provide links to the regions, but will meet less frequently than previously.


SWVA Exeter Tasting June 20th

Devon and Cornwall's Vineyards Come to Town - Exeter June 20th 2 - 6pm


Come and taste the finest English wine that the South West has to offer. The SWVA, as it did last year, is holding a second trade and public tasting event in Exeter on June 20th, following the May 5th tasting in Bristol. The Exeter event will feature mainly producers from Devon and Cornwall.

The central Exeter venue, Exeter Phoenix in Gandy St, is bigger than last year's and will feature 12 producers from across 4 counties. The event runs from 2 to 6 and is open to consumers as well as to the wine trade. A £5 ticket covers entrance, tasting from all of the vineyards and an opportunity to meet the producers. Consumers can buy tickets from the venue or online from Eventbrite - see details below. Members of the wine trade will be invited - if you are an interested member of the wine trade and you haven't yet received a notification of the event please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Devon Life's Best Drinks Product award for Lily Farm

Lily Farm English Wines win Devon Life's "Best Drinks Product" 2015


Congratulations to Faye and Alan Pratt of Lily Faye_and_Alan_Pratt_Devon_Life_Best_Drinks_ProducerFarm Vineyard, Budleigh Salterton for winning the accolade of "Best Drinks Product" at Devon Life's Food and Drink Awards 2015.

The shortlist is decided by readers' votes, followed up by a visit and tasting from the judges to decide on the final ranking. At a glittering awards dinner on 23rd November at Sandy Park in Exeter, hosted by Simon Bates, Faye and Alan learned that they had topped the final shortlist.

" It was a pleasant end exciting surprise to find ourselves listed as one of the 3 finalists with Luscombe Drinks and Hanlons Brewery, especially when we discovered that this had been achieved as Devon Life readers had voted for us!" said Faye, "Thank you to Devon Life for a fabulous night at the Devon Life Awards at Sandy Park, what a great venue! We are so excited to be the winner of 'Best Drinks Product of 2015' and to have met the legendary Simon Bates! THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us."
The award was for Lily Farm's range of wines and three of their wines featured on the gastronomic local menu for the evening, pictured below: their Sparkling Brut, Red 2013 and Bacchus Dry 2014.
Devon Life have published a video of the awards ceremony, which features an interview of Faye and Alan at the vineyard, 26 minutes in. Here is a link to the video>>

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Success for SW Wines in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2016

Results for SW Vineyards in Sommelier Wine Awards


Wines from the South West of England landed a Trophy,  2 Golds, 4 Silvers, 3 Bronzes and 6 Commendeds in this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, announced 27th April. The prestigious Trophy was the Critics Choice award, given to Knightor’s off-dry Mena Hweg 2013.

English wines did very well overall, with a grand total of  2 trophies, 11 Golds, 19 Silvers, 12 Bronzes and 23 Commended.

Golds were awarded to Lyme Bay Winery’s still, white Shoreline 2014  and to Camel Valley’s white sparkling Cornwall Brut 2013.

Silvers went to Three Choirs, Sharpham, Langham and Camel Valley.

Full results for SW vineyards below. English Wine Producers’ report on English Wines success in the awards here>> and full competition results here>>

Congratulations to all the  SW award-winners in this increasingly influential competition, the only UK competition for the on trade.





Critics Choice Trophy Knightor Mena Hweg 2013
Gold Lyme Bay Winery Shoreline 2014
Camel Valley Cornwall Brut


Silver Three Choirs Cellar Door Sigerrebe 2013
Sharpham Bacchus


Langham Blanc de Blancs Brut 2011
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut Rosé


Bronze Camel Valley Bacchus Dry 2014
Lyme Bay Winery Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
Commended Trevibban Mill Black Ewe Red 2014
Lyme Bay Winery Bacchus Fumé 2014
Three Choirs Cellar Door Bacchus 2014
Knightor Trevannion 2014
Furleigh Sea Pink 2014
Knightor 9112 Brut  NV

Congratulations to Camel Valley and Castle Brook: CSWWC results


Camel Valley and Castle Brook Strike Gold in 2nd Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships

Results were announced at a glittering awards dinner on 2nd September at London's Vintners Hall for this fast-growing and respected world-wide sparkling wine competition.

Wines were entered this year from every sparkling wine producing region in the world, and the judging had to be moved to a larger venue, from Sussex's Plumpton College Wine Research Centre where the 2014 inaugural competition was held, to Salomon's Estate a country house estate near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Judging is by international sparkling wine specialists and is extremely tough. Entries are awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze, Commended or no award, according to normal international standards, and then every wine awarded less than Silver is knocked out of the awards, with only golds and silvers included in the announced results.

SWVA members Camel Valley and Castle Brook won Gold Medals, with Camel Valley also taking Best in Class for English Sparkling Rosé with their 2012 Pinot Noir Brut. Bob Lindo is pictured below receiveing the award from Essi Avellan MW. Castle Brook's winning wine was their 2009 Classic Cuvée Brut, also the winner of last year's SWVA Wine of the Year.


Supreme World Champion trophy winner was Louis Roederer's Cristal Rosé 2004. Trentodoc producer Ferrari was awarded Sparkling Wine Producer of the year, with nine gold medals including seven Best in Class. Piemonte's Cuvage Rosé won the Chairman's Trophy for the most exciting brut sparkling wine from an indigenous grape variety (Niebbolo).

Other Gold Medals in the English Class went to Bolney, Chapel Down, Coates & Seely, Digby, Gusbourne, Hattingley Valley, Henners, Hoffmann & Rathbone,  Jenkyn Place and Nyetimber (x2).

Silver Medals were awarded to Breaky Bottom, Goring, Gusbourne, Hattingley Valley, Herbert Hall, Hush Heath, Jenkyn Place, Nyetimber, Plumpton, Ridgeview and Wyfold.

Official report.

Full results

Congratulations to all award-winners but especially to our very own Camel Valley from Cornwall and Castle Brook from Herefordshire!


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