United Kingdom Vineyards Association Appoints First Chief Executive Officer

United Kingdom Vineyards Association Appoints Barry Lewis as its First Chief Executive Officer


Our parent organisation, the UK Vineyards Association, issued the following press release today. We in the South West region congratulate Barry Lewis on his appointment and look forward to working with him.


25th February 2016

The United Kingdom Vineyard Association (UKVA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Chief Executive Officer, Barry Lewis.

The UKVA has recently undergone some refocussing and internal reform over the last number of months, in response to the needs of the fast and ever-expanding UK wine industry. The new CEO’s responsibility will be to build the UKVA into an efficient central industry body, delivering core services to the growers and producers in the UK, such as quality, technical and legislative support. The CEO will work directly with the UKVA Council, co-ordinate the newly-formed management committee, liaise with regional associations and build membership.

UKVA Chairman Sam Lindo, commented: "We're delighted to welcome Barry, who comes to us with a wealth of experience and will help us start a new chapter for the organisation. The UK wine industry has grown exponentially in recent decades and we need to continually respond to the ever growing needs of its members. This is another milestone for the UKVA as the industry trade body representing growers and wine producers.

"Key to the success of our industry and its future is producing quality grapes, working hand in hand to promote and advise the industry. That is where the UKVA can have a real impact as the go-to organisation representing growers and lobbying to ensure that there are effective schemes in place to promote growth, and that there aren't too many regulatory barriers in the way."

Barry Lewis, a businessman and former professional archaeologist, is himself a grower and English wine merchant. He owns and runs Derbyshire vineyard Amber Valley Wines and online retail business The English Wine Shop with business partner Duncan Mercer. Barry also has experience in local politics as a County Council political group leader and works part time for an East Midlands MEP, all giving him a strong background and skill set to carry out this new role, which will initially be part time.

Commenting on his new role, Barry said: "I'm delighted to be taking on this new challenge with the UKVA, and am looking forward to working with the Chairman and the industry committees to formulate and deliver a new business plan.

"The skills I have and the experience I have gained over the years will, I believe, help me deliver for the English wine industry. I have watched and grown with it in a way and I'm extremely proud that I will be part of the story of its development, working with other growers and producers throughout the country to make the English wine industry the best that it can be."

UKVA will continue to work closely with English Wine Producers (EWP), the marketing association that promotes and communicated about English wines nationally and internationally, both for its members and for the industry as a whole.

Barry will take up his role on Monday 29th February.


For further information or to set up an interview with Barry Lewis, please contact Julia Trustram Eve, English Wine Producers, tel: 01536 772264 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Golds for Dorset: Tranche 2 IWC results for SW wines

Tranche 2  results for International Wine Challenge 2016 for SW wines


Golds for Dorset

In an English section where sparkling wines dominated the Gold and Silver awards, the two gold medals won by SW vineyards followed the trend. Both went to Dorset, to Langham Estate for their Blanc de Blancs 2011 (Chardonnay) and to Furleigh Estate for their Rosé 2010 (Chardonnay|Pinot Noir|Pinot Meunier)

Cornwall's Camel Valley tops the Medal Table with 8 Silvers

Cornwall's Camel Valley took the highest number of medals overall in the English section with 8 Silvers including 7 for sparklers and one still white. Silvers were also awarded to Furleigh, Cornwall's Knightor, Devon's Sharpham (2) and Somerset's Smith&Evans for sparkling wines and to Trevibban Mill for a still red, so a ratio of two Silvers for SW still wines to twelve for sparkling.

Still and Sparkling in the Bronzes

Nine Bronzes were awarded to SW vineyards and here there was a more equal balance of sparkling and still wines, 4 to Camel Valley, 2 for sparkling and 2 for still whites, two to Worcestershire's Sixteen Ridges (one still and one sparkling rosé), and one each to Furleigh (sparkling), Somerset's Oatley (still white) and Somerset's Wraxall (Sparkling).

Still wines dominate in the Commended section

Fourteen wines were Commended and here still wines predominated, with ten still and four sparkling wines. Producers with Commended wines were Astley, Camel Valley (2), Furleigh (2), Lyme Bay Winery, Oatley (2), Polgoon, Redyeates Wedge, Sixteen Ridges (2), Three Choirs and Trevibban Mill.

The International Wine Challenge

The International Wine Challenge is probably the world's largest wine competition, and perhaps the most influential. It hosts two separate tastings in the year to accommodate different production and sales schedules across the hemispheres, giving winemakers a greater choice of when to enter their wines. Tranche 1 results were published early in December and SWVA results were reported here>>. Overall 2016 trophies for each class take the results of  both tranches into account and will be announced later in May.

Congratulations to all award winners. Full results for SW producers below. 

Full IWC Tranche 2 Results for SWVA Members

Award Vineyard Location Wine Vintage Style Grape(s)


Dorset Blanc de Blancs 2011 Sparkling Chardonnay


Dorset Rosé 2010 Sparkling rosé Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier

Camel Valley Cornwall Brut 2013 Sparkling Seyval Blanc/Reichensteiner/ Chardonnay
Camel Valley Cornwall Annie's Anniversary Brut 2014 Sparkling Seyval Blanc
Camel Valley Cornwall Pinot Noir Rosé Brut  2014 Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall White Pinot Brut 2014 Sparkling Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall Darnibole Brut 2014 Sparkling Seyval Blanc
Camel Valley Cornwall Classic Cuvée Brut  2013 Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall Cuvée Raymond Blanc 2013 Sparkling Dornfelder
Camel Valley Cornwall Chardaccus


Still White Chardonnay/Bacchus
Trevibban Mill Cornwall Black Ewe Red 2014 Still Red Pinot Noir Précoce
Furleigh Dorset Classic Cuvée Brut 2013 Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier
Knightor Cornwall Vintage Brut 2011 Sparkling Pinot Blanc/Chardonnay
Sharpham Devon Sparkling Reserve Brut NV Sparkling Pinot Noir/Pinot Blanc/Chardonnay
Sharpham Devon Sparkling Blanc Brut 2011 Sparkling Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Blanc
Smith & Evans Somerset Higher Plot 2011 Sparkling Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier/Chardonnay
Camel Valley Cornwall Bacchus Dry 2014 Still white Bacchus
Camel Valley Cornwall Atlantic Dry 2013 Still White Bacchus/Reichensteiner/Chardonnay
Camel Valley Cornwall White Pinot Brut 2012 Sparkling Pinot Noir
Camel Valley Cornwall Demi Sec 2012


Seyval Blanc/Chardonnay/ Rechensteiner
Furleigh Estate Dorset Classic Reserve Brut 2010 Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier
Oatley Somerset Jane's 2014 Still White Madeleine Angevine
Sixteen Ridges Worcs Rosé 2014 Still Rosé Pinot Noir
Sixteen Ridges Worcs Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé 2013 Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir
Wraxall Somerset Somerset Sparkling Dry 2013 Sparkling Seyval Blanc/Pinot Noir

Astley Worcestershire George Eckert Vintage Brut 2013 Sparkling Kerner
Camel Valley Cornwall Darnibole Bacchus 2014 Still white Bacchus
Camel Valley Cornwall Chardonnay Brut 2014 Sparkling Chardonnay
Trevibban Mill Cornwall Black Ewe Sparkling Brut 2013 Sparkling Seyval Blanc
Furleigh Dorset Bacchus Dry  2014 Still White Bacchus/Chardonnay
Furleigh Dorset Bacchus Fumé 2014 Still White Bacchus
Redyeates Wedge Devon Pheon 2014 Still White Phoenix/Orion
Oatley Somerset Leonora's  2013 Still White Kernling
Oatley Somerset Leonora's  2014 Still white Kernling
Lyme Bay Winery Devon Shoreline 2014 Still white Seyval Blanc/Bacchus/Pinot Noir
Polgoon Cornwall Madeleine Angevine 2014 Still Rosé Madeleine Angevine
Sixteen Ridges Worcs Red Pinot Noir Early 2014 Still red Pinot Noir Precoce
Sixreen Ridges


Signature Cuvée 2014 Sparkling Pinot Noir/Seyval Blanc
Three Choirs Glos Coleridge Hill 2014 Still White Phoenix/Madeleine Angevine


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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