HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has become the new President of The United Kingdom Vineyards Association.
Her Royal Highness takes over the position from Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who retires from the role. Lord Montagu will become Honorary Lifetime President, in recognition of his long term dedication and commitment to the UK wine industry.
The UKVA President is the figurehead of the UK wine industry; the UKVA is the central body of growers and producers, through which the industry is kept informed of legislation and all technical matters, and advised on best practice in viticulture and winemaking. The national competition for the industry, the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition is organised by the UKVA and is the only competition of its kind to be judged solely by Masters of Wine.
The English and Welsh wine industry has seen exponential growth over the last 10 years, and the quality of its wines is now widely acknowledged on the world stage. The industry continues to grow and the industry itself is contributing to the rural economy, through rural employment, land management and regional tourism.
Her Royal Highness has already visited English vineyards CamelValley in Cornwall and Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, where she was impressed by the quality of the wines. English and Welsh wines have been served on a number of Royal occasions.
“We are delighted and honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be our new President” commented Ian Edwards, Chairman of the UKVA. “Her support of this growing industry acknowledges the phenomenal growth in awareness of English and Welsh vineyards and wines. We are immensely proud of the achievements of many of our wines and are looking forward to continued success and increased volumes.
“I would like to extend, on behalf of the English and Welsh industry, our heartfelt thanks to Lord Montagu, whose unfailing support for our vineyards and wines stretches back decades.”
Former UKVA Chairman, Bob Lindo, added: “Her Royal Highness’s evident interest in our industry’s wines makes her an ideal figurehead for our industry. We are all so proud that she will be our new President.”