English wine's two industry organisations merge

The UK wine industry's two trade bodies, the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP), have voted to become one single industry body, named UK Wine Producers (UKWP).

Image: Andrew Callow (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Andrew Callow (CC BY 2.0)

The vote was taken at each of the industry bodies’ EGMs with the merger being completed in the next few weeks and a new board being created to drive the industry forward.

The new body will provide a single voice to represent the industry at all levels in dealings with government and other national and international organisations, as well as protecting the provenance, regulation and quality of English and Welsh wines, supporting delivery of education, training and research, building tourism and creating a generic marketing and communications programme.

The chairman of the new organisation will be Simon Robinson of Hattingley Valley Wines, currently chairman of EWP, with UKVA’s chairman, Peter Gladwin of Nutbourne Vineyards, becoming deputy chairman.

The executive of both bodies will work together within the new organisation, with Barry Lewis as chief executive, Jo Cowderoy as membership secretary and Julia Trustram Eve as marketing director.

Robinson said: "The vote that our members have taken today demonstrates a proactive and shared optimism in the future of English and Welsh wines and the many opportunities that lie ahead for us all. There is lots of work to be done – not least to reinforce our position with government and to build on the many services that we can deliver to all members.

"We also have the opportunity to build a strong generic brand for our wines and develop new opportunities such as tourism and export, research and training. I know that the new board is looking forward to playing a part in taking this forward for all our members."

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