Wines Of Great Britain Announces Industry Environmental Sustainability Scheme

Posted: Jul 10, 2020

  • Founder members collectively represent 40% total hectarage and include some of England’s leading wine brands
  • First accredited vineyards and wineries to be announced in August
  • Leading retailers Marks & Spencer and Waitrose back the wine industry sustainability initiative

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) is proud to announce that their industry Environmental Sustainability Scheme is now underway. Recognizing the industry’s shared responsibility to minimize its impact on the environment and maximize its contribution to conservation and biodiversity, the Scheme, Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB), will soon be announcing the first vineyards and wineries to have gone through the formal accreditation process and bear the Sustainable Wines of Great Britain Certification Mark.

30 Founder Member wine producers signed up to the Scheme at launch, encompassing different sizes of operation, including both leading brands and boutique operations. Between them, this already represents some 40% of the total hectarage under vine in the UK, with a production capacity of around 6.8m bottles. The introduction of the Scheme comes at a pivotal moment for Great Britain’s wine industry, with viticulture now one of the UK’s fastest-growing agricultural sectors and WineGB predicting a significant increase in wine production over the coming two decades.

A dedicated industry working group is behind the development and implementation of SWGB. Chaired by Chris Foss, former Manager of Plumpton College Wine Division, the group comprises grape growers and winemakers, together with key suppliers to the industry and retailers Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. The Scheme has also attracted generous sponsorship from external suppliers and supporters to enable its implementation.

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