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About Viti-Culture 2019

Register your interest in exhibiting at the Viti-Culture Event

Plumpton College, East Sussex
11 July 2019

01622 815356 |
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With the ever increasing interest in UK wine and the many growers planting vines, a new event for UK viticulture will be launched in July 2019.

The inaugural 2019 event will focus on supplies and services available to growers operating in the wine sector by showcasing the very latest machinery and equipment, as well as the myriad of professional services and supplies needed in the vineyard, from grape to bottle. Along with seminars on the day that will include well known and knowledgeable speakers, Vineyard Magazine will be hosting a wine tasting of the ‘Top 50 most influential UK Wines’ giving growers, wineries and interested parties the chance to try some of the very best that the UK has to offer.

If you are passionate about the wine industry, then it will certainly be worthwhile attending our new event in July next year. For some time now investment in UK vines has been on the rise and although the industry has some way to go, the awards and accolades that our UK wines are receiving shows not just how much enthusiasm there is in this country to produce quality wine, but also that the rest of the world is now starting to take notice. We are very excited about this new event that will showcase the industry and bring everyone together.

It just makes sense to hold this new event at a place that is considered to be the heart of viticulture in the UK. It will be like going home for many growers, as so many of them have attended Plumpton at some point, whether it was to learn the fundamentals of grape growing or to become a master of wine.

According to the membership organisation Wines of Great Britain (WineGB), approximately 1.7 million vines were planted in 2018 and with the industry having already seen considerable expansion over the last two decades it is expected that by 2040 English and Welsh wine producers will be selling 40 million bottles per year, with an expected retail value of over £1 billion.

For those looking to invest in the sector or embark on a new career in this bourgeoning sector, numerous exhibitors will be attending the inaugural Viti-Culture. From vineyard consultants, to land agents, specialist machinery dealers, winery equipment suppliers, agronomists, brand and packaging specialists, and professional service providers, all will be on hand to advise on every aspect of establishing and managing a vineyard, selling the grapes, producing, packaging and marketing the wines.

Throughout the day, visitors can take advantage of a lively and informative seminar programme taking place in the Main Marquee. Eight high calibre speakers, including Mark Driver, former hedge fund manager who established Rathfinny Wine Estate in Sussex, will be covering a broad range of topics from ‘venturing into viticulture’, to ‘sustainable growth in a changing climate’ and ‘investing in the winery’. “I’m honoured to be part of the country’s first Viti-Culture at what is an extremely exciting time for English and Welsh wines,” said Mark Driver, who founded Rathfinny with his wife Sarah. “English and Welsh wines have come a long way in the last few years but there is still a long way to go before they achieve what I believe is their true potential. Events like Viti-Culture are an essential part of this process.”

In the Main Marquee, potential new entrants to the sector will also be able to taste exactly why the UK viticulture sector is thriving as Wines GB will be hosting tastings of the 50 most influential English and Welsh wines, as chosen by acclaimed-wine critic and Vineyard’s monthly wine columnist Matthew Jukes.