A little bit of history……..
Following many months’ preparation and building anticipation from viticulturalists and winemakers across the UK, the inaugural 2019 Viti-Culture show proved to be a momentous success.
Taking place in July 2019 at Plumpton College, Sussex, the first UK event of its kind, conceived and organised by Grape Vine Events, saw over 1,200 visitors through the gates.
The free-to-attend one-day show was designed to focus on supplies and services available to growers and winemakers by showcasing the very latest machinery and equipment as well as the myriad of professional services and supplies needed from soil to cellar.
Set against an incredibly picturesque backdrop of the South Downs, it certainly didn’t disappoint. 80 trade exhibitors were on hand to provide vineyard owners, managers, winemakers and those looking to plant their first vines, with specialist advice.
As with all new events, the first year is about testing the water – or in this case, wine! While we were always confident how well the show would be received, the response from exhibitors and visitors alike has been outstanding and far-beyond what we could have possibly hoped for. Many exhibitors expressed their gratitude for having the right forum to showcase their business at last, while visitors relished the opportunity to hear experts from across the industry speak during the full day of seminars and meetings. 2020 saw the platform become virtual and kept the conversations going.
The return of Viti-Culture LIVE to Plumpton College in June 2021 under blue skies with the beautiful South Downs as the backdrop was widely applauded and appreciated across the industry. Many visitors remarked upon the positive atmosphere that surrounded visitors and exhibitors alike, and how wonderful it was to be able to catch-up with friends in such a fabulous setting. The high quality of seminars did not disappoint and culminated in the very first UK Sabrage Tournament organised by Ferovinum bringing a light conclusion to Viti-Culture 2021.
With the addition of the FREE Viti-Culture fortnightly e.Bulletin launched in December 2020 which is designed to bring the UK Viticulture Industry even closer there are even more opportunities to get involved whether you are contemplating investment or an already established wine business.
Plans are already afoot to continue the growth and development of Viti-Culture over the coming years to reinforce its place as THE must see event in the UK Viticulture Calendar
Strive for quality
“To our knowledge, there is no other event in the UK like it and on behalf of all those involved with creating, hosting and producing this exciting new event, I would like to thank the event sponsors, HSBC and Kreston Reeves, exhibitors and the visitors from across the UK and Europe who attended,” said Karen Wheeler. “Their confidence in backing the very first UK event of its kind matched our own confidence that Viti-Culture is destined to succeed as a must-see annual event for the viticulture industry.” July 2019