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Asian hornets could reduce UK agricultural yields

The British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) is warning vintners and fruit growers about the detrimental impact Asian hornets would have on agriculture if they became established in the UK.

Producing quality wine using biodynamics and ‘eggs’

After selling his IT business and taking early retirement, a chance meeting with Stephen Skelton at a conference convinced Nick Wenman that you could make great wine in the UK. In 2009 Nick planted Albury Organic Vineyard, finally fulfilling his dream of owning a vineyard and making quality biodynamic wine. Editor Rachel Hicks chatted with him.

Sizing up weed control options

A diminishing herbicide armoury combined with a drive towards more environmentally sustainable production methods is slowly changing the face of weed control in vineyards. Hutchinsons agronomist Rob Saunders runs through some of the main options.

Winners of Rising Star Awards revealed   

The extraordinary talent in today’s UK wine industry and the stars of its future were celebrated at Vintners’ Hall – as the winners of WineGB’s Rising Star Awards were announced, along with the 2024 Vintners’ UK Wine Apprentice.

Regenerative viticulture: How to make nature do the work for you

At last year’s Groundswell Festival, expert viticulturist Joel Jorgensen from vineyard and winery consultancy Vinescapes discussed what it means to grow vines using regenerative principles and the benefits he has seen to soil health, biodiversity, yields and wine quality.

UK wine industry nominates rising stars

WineGB has announced its inaugural WineGB Rising Stars Awards, an initiative that acknowledges and celebrates the next generation of UK wine industry professionals.

2024 expected to be pivotal year for wine industry with range of events across UK and overseas

The national association for the English and Welsh wine industry, WineGB, has prepared a range of events for 2024, following a busy and record-breaking harvest in 2023. The programmes that will be delivered across the country and overseas aim to support the growth of the UK’s wine industry and represent their interests to politicians this year.

Fresh opportunities for English sparkling wine in 2024

Changes to rules affecting the English wine industry will unlock innovation, cut waste and reduce burdens on the sector, the environment secretary has said.

Could this be Great Britain’s largest-ever grape harvest?

Following a “near perfect year” for wine, WineGB is celebrating what it believes will be Great Britain’s largest-ever grape harvest to date.

Deadlines for industry award nominations coming up fast

WineGB will be hosting the inaugural WineGB Rising Stars Awards as well as the returning Vintners’ UK Wine Apprentice Award. The awards will be taking place at Vintners’ Hall on Wednesday 31st January.

Hadlow College: “Educating the farmers of the future”

Hadlow College says it takes great pride in producing farmers of the future, and one of the hot topics at the moment is regenerative farming within viticulture and horticulture. But what is this, and why is it so important?

“Unique” plant-based organic fertiliser is a win for soil health

As UK growers increasingly look for alternatives to conventional fertilisers, deputy editor Sarah Kidby spoke to Jason Colin of Natura Grow, to learn about a unique plant-based fertiliser that is gaining traction on vineyards and orchards in the UK.

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