NIAB launches membership service for vineyard staff - Fruit & Vine

NIAB launches membership service for vineyard managers and staff

Members of NIAB’s new service will be the first to benefit from emerging, innovative research.

Vineyards in England showing fields and trees
Image Credit: NIAB

NIAB Vine Club membership is hoping to bridge the gap between viticulture plant science and practical application.

It’s said to ensure NIAB members are the first to benefit from emerging, innovative research.

NIAB first established a research and demonstration vineyard at its East Malling site in Kent in 2015.

NIAB is actively collaborating with the UK grape and wine industry to develop funding opportunities for new research.

The NIAB Vine Club is aiming to provide an opportunity for vineyard businesses to access results and information, putting research into practice.

Visitors at NIAB’s WET Centre. Image Credit: NIAB

NIAB memberships

NIAB Vine Club membership is exclusive to UK vineyard staff, including managers and assistants.

Annual subscription is £1,000 +VAT, with an introductory fee of £500 for 2024/25 season.

Membership includes:

  • Invitation to the annual NIAB Vine Club Research Day
  • Access to a members’ website presenting news and research updates
  • Twice-yearly e-newsletters on UK cool climate viticulture practices and technology
  • An annual webinar
  • Attendance of members-only Vine Club tours and visits organised by NIAB
  • Access to confidential scientific expert advice and guidance

Dr Belinda Kemp, viticulture and oenology research leader, explains how the NIAB Vine Club has been set-up to help reach out to UK vineyard managers and staff.

She said: “We want to engage with industry, ensuring all managers and staff feel involved and have the opportunity to influence the work NIAB does to address UK vineyard research priorities.“

If you’d like more information on the service, including how to register, visit the NIAB website.

In other NIAB news, the organisation recently published its 2024 annual review, following the success of the first publication last year. 

The review summarises all the fruit-related research and new projects that began in 2023, along with feature articles on the progress and results of ongoing and recently completed work.  

You can learn about the development of new vineyard and wine research facilities, how the demonstration centres are benefiting fruit growers, and the progress being made in fruit genetics and breeding programmes. 

View or download a copy here.

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