UK Vineyard Association appoints new chair

16 February, 2010

The UK Vineyards Association has appointed a new chairman. Ian Edwards is to replace Bob Lindo of Camel Valley Vineyards, who is to stand down after 3 years in the chair.

Edwards owns Furleigh Estate in Dorset, a 5.5ha vineyard planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Bacchus and Rondo, and producing sparkling and still wines, the first released in 2009.

Lindo said:  “It’s been an enjoyable 3 years and I’ve been supported by an excellent team.  I’m really thrilled to see the WineSkills training programmes in place; it’s an opportunity to make our wine industry even more skilled and professional.  My successor Ian Edwards will be an excellent replacement; his understanding of the intricacies of the EU wine reform will be invaluable as the industry implements its new labelling.”

On taking up his new role, Edwards said: “Bob has done a tremendous job over the past three years; he is a difficult act to follow.  These are the most interesting times the UK wine industry has seen, and the role of the UKVA in supporting its growing number of vineyards and ensuring a voice for them at the highest level is more crucial than ever.  I look forward to the challenge!”

This year sees the UKVA hosting their bi-annual industry symposium, taking place on 22 March in Oxford, which this year covers sustainability.

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