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S O U T H E A S T V I N E YA R D S A S S O C I AT I O N

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

ABOUT SEVA - OUR AIMS • WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP • EMAIL FORUM • YOUR ISSUES and how we can help • THE UKVA AND RELATED BENEFITS • ENGLISH WINE PRODUCERS • SEVA EVENTS and social gatherings • SEVA AGM • STUDY TOURS • SOUTH EAST WINE BENCHMARKING WORKSHOP • SEVANEWS our newsletter • MEMBER CONSULTATIONS • SEVA WEBSITE • THE SEVA INITIATIVE FUND • THE UK VINEYARDS IPHONE APP • SEVA WEBSITE • SPONSORING SEVA


WELCOME TO SEVA!

What you get for your membership •

Emailed copy of our newsletter SEVANews three times a year (for back issues, click here)

Invitation to our social events: including our summer BBQ, post-harvest celebration, South East Wine Benchmarking Workshop, AGM and study tours, at subsidised rates. For upcoming events, please see our website calendar.

Regular emailed news and updates

Membership of the SEVA email forum so you can communicate directly with other members

SEVA is one of six regional vineyards associations, serving the counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London South; we are associated with the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA).

Membership of the UKVA and its related benefits (including invitations to meetings, copies of the Grape Press magazine and membership of its email forum)

The possibility of entering your wines into the South East Wine Benchmarking Workshop and the UK Wine of the Year competition

The aims of SEVA are:

Website login and access to online information

Opportunities to meet other members, network, and share knowledge and information

Representation of your views at the UKVA national level through the Committee and its Chairman.

The opportunity to enter the SEVA Initiative Fund - and benefit from the projects undertaken by the winners

The opportunity to attend our biennial study tours - so far, we have successfully organised a visit to Champagne and have a planned visit to Alsace for 2013.

An invite to, and a vote at, our AGM, and the chance to attend our members’ conference

The opportunity to put yourself forward as a SEVA Committee member

Up-to-date information about the latest training courses and educational opportunities available to those in the industry

The opportunity to showcase your eligible wines at the prestigious annual English Wine Producers’ trade and press tasting

We’ve put this information booklet together for those who have either recently joined SEVA, or are interested in joining us. If you have just joined, a big welcome - and if you’re thinking about it, maybe the benefits outlined in this pack will help you to make up your mind....so welcome to SEVA!

ABOUT SEVA

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To provide members with an opportunity to develop and exchange their knowledge and experience of viticulture and the making and promotion of English Wine To represent the members at national level within the UKVA council To promote the commercial activity of the members To encourage social interaction between members To generate opportunities, facilitate, and provide funding for research, development and marketing initiatives

Who can join and what does it cost? Anyone who has an interest in wine produced in the South East of England is invited to join, but the Association is specifically designed to meet the needs of commercial producers of English Wine and amateur vinegrowers and winemakers in the region. Membership is available to individuals, partnerships and limited companies. We offer Amateur membership or Commercial membership status, with some concessions for students. For details of current joining fees, visit http://seva.uk.com/join/joining-costs/

And much more...!


SEVA - Structure & Committee SEVA is served by a Committee of 12 elected members, and a Chair, currently Chris Foss, Head of the Wine Department at Plumpton College. The organisation employs a paid freelance Administrator who works on a parttime basis. An elected Treasurer oversees the financial side of things. The Committee is formed of experienced and committed wine-producing and vinegrowing members from the South East. Each year, elections are held at the AGM, and the longest serving 1/3 are asked to retire or to stand again for election. If you are interested in becoming a Committee member, please get in touch with us - southeastvineyards@gmail.com. Several Committee meetings are held every year, at which topical issues are disussed, either relevant to SEVA membership or the wider UK industry. Their decisions are fed back to members, and, where appropriate, to the UK Vineyards Association to influence their direction and strategy. You can find a full list of current Committee members by visiting http://seva. uk.com/about/the-seva-committee/ and you can read a copy of our current rules by clicking here. If you really want to be active in the Wine Industry of the South East, why not join the SEVA Committee? Committee members represent both major producers (like Ridgeview and Chapel Down) and smaller ones, and are dedicated to making the extra effort to move our industry on. Contact us for more details about becoming a Committee member.

Educational opportunities We endeavour to keep our members updated with the latest educational opportunities and courses available to the industry as soon as they arise. To date, this has included ongoing communication of Wineskills information, a useful vinegrowing and wine producers’ information website and provider of subsidised training courses for the wine industry (http://www.wineskills.co.uk/) as well as Plumpton College courses and wine conferences.

SEVA WEBSITE The recently relaunched SEVA website is available to view at http://seva.uk.com and contains the latest SEVA news, an events calendar, more details about our latest initiatives, member details and an interactive map of SEVA vineyards. All SEVA members are allocated a username and password which allow them to access certain information and documents, for example, Committee meeting minutes, AGM documents and financial information. You can also provide your feedback to the Chair, and access our latest news stories and back issues of our newsletter. Once you have joined SEVA, the Administrator will send you your access password. You will also be asked if you’d like to appear on our public vineyards map and to be listed in our online public members directory.

THE SEVA INITIATIVE FUND SEVA run an annual Initiative Fund to encourage interested parties to undertake projects which will benefit SEVA or the UK industry as a whole. An application to tender is released each year and the SEVA Committee awards the funds to the project they feel will generate the most benefit. To date, funds have been awarded to publicity ventures such as the UK Vineyards App (see below). Fund applications can be made by anyone (not just members) who has a good idea for a project to support the industry.

THE UK VINEYARDS APP SEVA has developed the first interactive guide to UK vineyards, wineries and retailers in the form of an iPhone App. This map-based information guide was developed by members of the Committee and funded by the SEVA initiative fund. All members are welcome to have their vineyard listed on the App, which is being sold via iTunes, and it is hoped that it will raise funds which will be channelled back into the UK wine industry for research and marketing projects for the benefit of all SEVA members. We also hope it will generate excellent publicity and increased tourism for all UK vineyards. For more details on the app or how to register your vineyard, click here.


THE SEVA EMAIL FORUM

SEVANEWS

A GREAT WAY TO STAY in touch with other producers

OUR REGULAR NEWSLETTER WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE....

All SEVA members are automatically joined up to the SEVA email forum. This means that as well as receiving all SEVA information emails, you can email all other SEVA members, and they can email you. This could be useful, if, for example, you wanted to find some help in your vineyard, or seek some advice on a pest, or ask to borrow some machinery. In order to reach all members, send your email to seva@sevamail.org.uk.

In May 2012, we launched SEVANews, our regular newsletter, which is circulated in electronic format to all our members three times a year. This includes details of our latest events, upcoming projects, news, updates on new members, wine-related articles and more. For a copy of the latest issue, please contact the Administrator, or see the SEVA website. Commercial members are also invited to sponsor SEVANews by placing adverts at preferential members’ rates, for more details, contact southeastvineyards@gmail.com.

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Your feedback and issues and contacting the Chair

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There are some basic rules about using the forum – you can find more information in the members’ section of our website, here. Please only use the seva@sevamail.org.uk email address if you want to reach all other members. If you wish only to reach the Administrator, use the southeastvineyards@gmail.com email address.

We aim to represent you as best we can to those in the industry who count. Members can contact the Chair at any time to provide your feedback about topical issues which you want to raise with the UKVA Council or the SEVA Committee. The Chair will consider your request and, in consultation with the Committee, will decide if these issues can be presented to the UKVA Council for further consideration. We want to encourage full participation and exchange of views between regional members and the UKVA national body – so do get in touch if you have an issue you want to discuss. Members can reach the Chair by emailing chris.foss@plumpton.ac.uk or by submitting a form on our website.

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The UKVA – and related benefits

English Wine Producers

All SEVA members are entitled to receive the full benefits of the UKVA, the national body for the English and Welsh Wine Industry. In addition to receiving the Grape Press magazine in the post three times a year, the Green Pesticides Booklet (Feb/ March), invitations to the Annual General Conference (January) and the Awards Ceremony for the Wine of the Year Competition (July), you will also be invited to put your commercial wines into their competition at reduced members rates. One of the biggest benefits of joining the Association is being part of the UKVA email forum.

This is the marketing arm of the English Wine industry. The UKVA and English Wine Producers (EWP) enjoy a close working relationship. All commercial UKVA members who wish to may apply to EWP to be listed on their website: www.englishwineproducers.com. They are also encouraged to send any vineyard-related press releases to Julia Trustram Eve (julia@englishwineproducers.com) who will upload these onto the website. The EWP website gets a high number of hits from journalists and members of the public who are interested in English and Welsh wine.

THE UKVA EMAIL FORUM: This forum is for the benefit of members only. You can ask for help and advice, discuss current topics (such as trunk disease) or re-visit old problems (e.g. bird scaring), and compare notes with other growers and winemakers through all the regions of the UK. Members are allowed to buy and sell wine/vineyard related items (although this is not a free forum for commercial advertising). You will also receive regular updates on new legislation, events, promotions, wine-related politics and market reports via the UKVA email Bulletin. An example is attached. The past discussions on the email forum are archived in the members-only section of the UKVA website (for password details, please contact robertc@ukva.org.uk). A couple of things to note – •

If you are a member and your company employs staff, any staff member may join the UKVA email forum. However, we ask that outside consultants register and join UKVA in their own right.

SEVA members: to join the UKVA email forum, please contact robertc@ukva.org.uk directly. He will set you up and send you the very simple instructions on how the system works.

For more information about the UKVA, please visit www.ukva.org.uk or email robertc@ukva.org.uk

EWP Trade and Press tasting EWP run an annual trade and press tasting at which SEVA members are entitled to present their wines if they wish, for a very reasonable members’ fee. The event is attended by high profile wine journalists, sommeliers, restaurateurs and important industry people from all over the world. It is a great opportunity to showcase your wines and get exposure for your brand. For more information about EWP, see www.englishwineproducers.com or contact julia@englishwineproducers.com

ENGLISH WINE NEWS TWITTER FEED SEVA has its own Twitter feed, found at @EnglishWineNews - where we’re posting the latest information relevant to the English Wine industry - so please follow us, and feel free to send us your news so we can tweet about it for you!


SEVA Events OFFICIAL SEVA EVENTS, SOCIAL EVENTS AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

SEVA run a number of events throughout the year. These include: •

The Annual General Meeting and members’ lunch – usually held in April, with a members’ conference after to allow extra networking

Biennial study tours – usually held in the summer (see Study Tours section on the right for more details)

The South East Wine Benchmarking Workshop and meal – usually held in May/June

The Summer BBQ – usually held in September

Harvest Celebration Meal – usually held in November

SEVA Study Tours SEVA organise biennial study tours to allow members to visit other wine producing areas of the world. To date we’ve been to Champagne and we’re organising a tour to Alsace for 2013. These tours consist of visits to small and large producers, wine tasting, masterclasses from industry professionals, and plenty of social interaction between members. The tours to date have received great feedback from all who attended. For more details, see the Study Tours page on our website or email the SEVA Administrator at southeastvineyards@gmail.com

All members and their friends are invited to our events; usually places are supplied at subsidised SEVA rates for up to four guests from one vineyard. For more details about upcoming events dates, please see our website calendar or contact the SEVA Administrator.

SEVA AGM This is held once a year, usually around April / May, and comprises a short general AGM, an update on SEVA’s latest activities, guest speakers, and an opportunity to network with other members over a delicious lunch, followed by a members’ conference.

Member Consultations

SEVA members at the 2012 AGM, held at Highdown Vineyard

The SEVA Committee sometimes carries out surveys to gauge member opinions on varying matters of importance to the industry. These surveys are your chance to provide input about how you want SEVA to move forward, give feedback on industry-wide issues, and communicate any thoughts to the Committee and general membership. SEVA members can view past surveys and results in the members’ section of our website.


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SPONSOR SEVA If you are interested in sponsoring SEVA by advertising in our newsletter, or getting a sponsored link on our website, email: southeastvineyards@gmail.com. We offer an excellent opportunity to reach a wide target audience whilst supporting the work of the Association at the same time. Members get preferential rates, so do get in touch!

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This new event will replace the South East Wine of the Year Competition, which was last held in 2012.

To new members: We hope that this leaflet gives you a clear idea of all the benefits available to you as a new SEVA member. If you require further information on any of the points contained in this leaflet, please get in touch with the Administrator, details below. We hope you will make full use of all the SEVA benefits available, and look forward to meeting you at our next social gathering! Welcome to SEVA. To those thinking of joining: We hope that you now have a good idea of all the benefits of joining SEVA. You are very welcome to come along to one of our social events before you decide to join, or to contact us for more information. To download an application form to join, please click here. We hope to meet you soon and to welcome you to SEVA.

SEVA, c/o Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, Nr Lewes, BN7 3AE. Website: http://seva.uk.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/englishwinenews Chair: Chris Foss: chris.foss@plumpton.ac.uk / tel: 01273 892018 Administrator: Belinda Mercer: southeastvineyards@gmail.com Treasurer: Ben Walgate: benjaminwalgate@yahoo.co.uk Brochure designed by Lila Hunnisett: email: lila@lilahunnisett.com

Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information provided in this publication, however no liability can be accepted by the SEVA for any loss occasioned to any person or entity acting or failing to act as a result of anything contained in or omitted from the content of this publication.


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