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SOUTH EAST WINE OF THE YEAR 2012 A PERSONAL ACCOUNT BY GUEST JUDGE STUART GRAHAM Following an assessment of student tasting performance at Plumpton College, I was honoured to find myself on the SEWOTY judging panel. My illustrious company was Andy Howard, MW - Wine Buyer for Marks & Spencer, Charles Metcalfe, wine writer and co-founder of the International Wine Challenge, Cat Lomax, Senior Buyer for Direct Wines, Lindsay Oram, wine educator, and Owen Elias, award-winning wine maker. The judging was a wonderful opportunity for me not only to try the 70 wines, but also to be closely involved with the operation of a competition tasting. The collaborative method of the panel, similar to the big international competitions, seemed effective in judging the wines though different in style to the strict, quantitative judging I was involved at in Dijon last year. Having a practicing winemaker on the panel seemed to be of benefit too. Overall the standard was high, with many of the wines exhibiting really good body and fruit, particularly the still wines from 2011.

The top trophy went to the sparkling rosé ‘The Dean Blush Brut NV’ produced by Plumpton Estate. Winemaker Peter Morgan (pictured opposite, top right) said he was delighted, adding that although Plumpton’s white English Sparkling Wine usually receives higher accolades, the rosé appears to have benefitted from a slightly higher dosage and a lighter style. Chair Andy Howard described the wine as ‘a very good example of a Quality English Sparkling Wine: clean, crisp, well balanced, elegant and delicious to drink.’ This is the first time Plumpton Estate has won the top SEWOTY prize, boding well for the future of English Wine, since Plumpton’s student winemakers are instrumental in the making of this wine. The runner-up Charles Laughton trophy went to the Gusbourne Estate (Francis Court is pictured opposite, top left) for their ‘Blanc de Blancs 2007’ , made at Ridgeview Wine Estate. This wine also recently won the regional trophy for best UK sparkling wine at the Decanter World Wine Awards.


However, one interesting feature of the awards was the lack of any gold medals. This came despite judge consensus that the best wines were very good. As a panel we had discussed whether the wines should be judged as English Wines or at an international level. I certainly think that the best wines now stand up well on a world stage and were judged as such, and this can be seen in a full list of 2012 awards for English Wines which can be found at http://wp.me/pXgxc-gj. The SEWOTY awards dinner at Denbies Wine Estate was a splendid event. The evening was attended by representatives from the majority of the region’s

vineyards and wineries. Sitting on the judges table at the front and facing the room it I felt rather like I was getting married, but the excellent food and fine wine made up for that. As well as the two top SEWOTY wines being served, another five had been specially selected: Bolney Wine Estate’s Pinot Noir 2011, Biddenden Vineyard’s Gribble Bridge Rosé 2011, Denbies Wine Estate’s Ranmore Hill 2009, Hill Farm Vineyard’s Hill Farm Dry White 2011, and Sandhurst Vineyard’s Sandhurst Bacchus (2011). Well done to those who successfully took part in what turned out to be a high quality competition this year.


ICCS 2016 PROGRESS UPDATE REPORT BY CHRIS FOSS, SEVA CHAIR & CHAIR OF THE ICCS PROGRAM WORKSTREAM

As you will have heard, the UK has will be hosting the 9th International Cool Climate Symposium (ICCS) in Viticulture and Oenology in 2016. This is a great opportunity for our industry to make its mark on the international stage. Spearheaded by five major players, ICCS 2016 has taken as its vision statement: “An international symposium focused on fine wine production in a cool climate”. The event will provide a platform to bring together the world’s leading producers and experts to explore current and emerging issues in cool climate wine production. The dates have been set for Thursday 26th May to Saturday 28th May 2016, running just after the London International Wine Trade Fair, and a suitable Brighton venue is being identified. What’s been amazing is the level of enthusiasm and support that the event has generated within the UK wine scene. Four ‘Workstreams’ have been established, involving 34 people: t

The Programme (Content) Workstream, lead by myself, has already started trying to identify ‘stellar’ speakers and current and emerging themes for the

programme. We are aiming to have a draft programme sketched out by this time next year, in order to start recruiting delegates. t Nick Wenman, of Albury Organic Vineyard, is chairing the Sponsorship and Promotion Workstream, who are busy developing the vision, communication plan and sponsorship strategy for the Symposium. t Mardi and Tammy Roberts of Ridgeview Vineyards are leading the Logistics Workstream; selecting the venue and making a list of potential activities that could surround the programme for the delegates and their partners to enjoy. t And lastly Bruce Tindale, whose job, as the Chair of the Finance Workstream, is to make sure that the figures stack up. Quite an easy job at the moment, as we have no funds at all! Previous hosts have included Auckland, Mainz, New York State and Melbourne, and our aim is to emulate them and deliver a truly memorable Symposium, where delegates from all over the world of cool climate fine wine will meet and create a vision for future development.


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Agricultural Wages Order WHERE ARE WE NOW? A SUMMARY OF THE RECENT UPDATES TO THE AGRICULTURAL WAGES ORDER - BY COLIN HALL, PARTNER AT BTF AND DIRECTOR OF THE 50 CLUB HORTICULTURAL EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATION.

As a follow up to the piece in the last SEVA newsletter and following the publication of the Agricultural Wages Order (“AWO”) 2012 proposals recently, it seems timely to update members both on what they should be budgeting to pay come harvest and where we are (or are not) with the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board (“AWB”) and consequently, the annual AWO. I will start by outlining the proposals:

AWO 2012 PROPOSALS 1.

Rate for Grade 1 (initial grade: for example, fully supervised harvest labour) to increase by 1.8% from £6.10 to £6.21 per hour.

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Rate for grades 2-6 to rise by 2.8%, making a Grade 2 (standard worker, for example a tractor driver) from £6.77 to £6.96 per hour.

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Overtime rates have increased proportionately and so are still 1.5 x the minimum basic rate.

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Accommodation offset should to increase from £4.73 per day to £4.82 per day (£33.74 per week).


In my experience, it is very rare indeed for these rates to change following confirmation by the board which we would expect in the next few weeks. These rates will then apply from 01 October 2012, and so technically employers may have to change the rates mid-harvest as should have been the case in previous years.

AWO ABOLITION We increasingly find a number of farmers who are under the misapprehension that the AWO has already been abolished. The truth is that, whilst the government announced its intention to enable this to happen in June 2010, the current position is that DEFRA is still working on preparations with a view to consultation on the future of the AWB, which we have been expecting since the spring. Once the formal consultation is published and the statutory 12 week consultation period has elapsed, DEFRA will have to

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analyse the findings so they can report to the Minister and then hopefully the necessary regulations can be drafted to go before both houses of parliament (requiring 40-60 working days to find their way through) before those regulations can be passed and the AWB abolished. Whilst we are confident that the Minister is still committed to abolition, it is increasingly likely that (even if the outcome of the consultation is positive) we may not see the necessary regulations this side of Christmas. It seems therefore that the CURRENT BEST GUESS is that abolition will not occur until 30th September 2013 assuming the will is there to push it through. This last point is key – so once the consultation is published – it is very important that all engage in responding! So, to conclude, current employers must continue to comply with the AWO this season and going well into the Autumn; and the rates are most likely to increase either by 1.8% for Grade 1 workers, or 2.8% for the others.


SEVA SURVEY 2012 A very big thank you to all who completed our recent membership satisfaction survey. The overall completion rate was 23% (78% professional, 22% amateur) which is really good response for any survey of this kind. You can find a summary of results by following this link: http://bit.ly/S4ERhq Some of the key findings were: t Email is the best way for SEVA to communicate with members, followed by newsletters, and then the telephone t Presently, very few of our members think communication by tweeting or blogging could be effective for the SEVA t Members felt that SEVA was doing an effective job at meeting its aims, particularly ”Providing an opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge” and “Encouraging social activity between members” t “Providing an opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge” is seen as the most important aim for the SEVA, followed jointly by “Representing the members at the UKVA Council” and “Generating research, development and marketing opportunities” t The least important was seen as “Encouraging social activity between members”!

SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW AIMS INCLUDED: t Build awareness of South East England as an area of winemaking excellence t Collate data on member production clones, rootstocks, wine styles etc. t Generate a SE wine PGI t Improve wine tourism t Encourage greater co-operation between members in the exchange of technical information and the sharing of resources, e.g. plant and equipment

SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW SEVA COULD BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE IN MEETING ITS AIMS INCLUDED: t Get a very good grasp on social media t Have high level liaison with those at the national level to promote our wines and ensure that highest quality standards & guidelines are recommended t Increase fees and pay the Chairman a retainer


MEMBERS GAVE THE FOLLOWING REASONS FOR ATTENDING SEVA FUNCTIONS: t To find out what other vineyards are doing, exchange information & ideas and network t Enjoyable and informative t Important our company is represented t It’s part of my job

THEY SAID SEVA FUNCTIONS ARE GOOD BECAUSE: t Of the people present t It’s important that people get to know each other and help one another in

raising awareness of English wine t It’s good to interact with other vineyards/winemakers and exchange ideas. Networking is a vital tool

HOWEVER, SEVA FUNCTIONS COULD BE BETTER IF: t There were more expert talks on subjects of interest t More pizazz, a better ambience and perhaps a little more elegance! t There were more regular meetings - it wouldn’t matter if one couldn’t make all of them or if they were smaller SUMMARY CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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SEVA MEMBERS AT THE 2012 AGM, HELD AT HIGHDOWN VINEYARD IN APRIL (PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL ENGLEFIELD AT HIGHDOWN).

MEMBERS GAVE THE FOLLOWING REASONS FOR ENTERING WINES INTO SEWOTY: t t t t

To support SEVA The marketing/PR benefits of success It’s nice to win prizes It’s a good benchmarking exercise

SOME MEMBERS DIDN’T ENTER THEIR WINES BECAUSE: t The event isn’t high profile enough; not many people know of it outside of the membership t We sold it so fast this year we didn’t have enough in stock to qualify

ALSACE t Based on members’ preferences, we are defining the details of the Alsace trip, please see p11 for details.

FEES / VALUE FOR MONEY: t Members felt that the SEVA offers good value for money, with 73% thinking we charge the right amount, and 12% saying we are too cheap. t No-one felt our services are too expensive, however some members seemed to think UKVA fees were too high t 35% of people thought that we could increase our fees to offer an increased service to members, but 42% thought that they should remain as they are. t Overwhelmingly, members felt we should not reduce our fees and cut down on the current service we provide.

SUGGESTIONS FOR WHERE SEVA COULD SAVE MONEY OR RAISE FURTHER FUNDING INCLUDED: t Organise fund-raising events at various member vineyards across the UK t Commercial initiatives (i.e. vineyard app) t Bottle levy? Harvest volume levy?


SEVA SHOULD SPEND MORE MONEY ON:

t SEVA must become a POWERFUL spokesman for our industry

t Encouraging more interaction between producers t More courses, especially at weekends t Promoting wine tourism t Research, and marketing SE Vineyards t Lobbying in respect of excise duty

In conclusion, SEVA is a successful organisation, moving in the right direction, but there is still plenty of scope and enthusiasm to develop the Association and provide an excellent service to its members.

SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING SEVA’S SERVICES:

The Committee will now carefully review the survey results, and use them to further develop SEVA’s Strategic Plan. We’ll let you know the results in our next newsletter…

t Have a more defined strategy for helping its members t Demonstrate that its services will help members improve business efficiency and profitability

THE RESULTS OF THE SEVA SURVEY CAN BE FOUND AT: HTTP://BIT.LY/S4ERHQ

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GLYNDE FESTIVAL SEVA recently held a stand at the recent Glynde Food and English Wine Festival held in mid-July at Glynde Place. We were showcasing members’ wines to the eager public, courtesy of sponsors, Knill James. Working hard for SEVA were volunteers Jeremy Mount and Belinda Mercer, both students at Plumpton College. Belinda reported: “The wines went down really well and people were very keen to try them all. On Saturday, people were keen to talk about climate, soil, the grapes - and on the whole really liked the wines. People were interested in the reds and surprised by their quality. Sparkling rosé was the most popular.” Nick Rawson, Partner at Knill James, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate our support to the growing number of vineyards and wineries which are making an important contribution to the region’s economy. Given the capital commitment required to operate a successful vine growing and wine making operation it is important to have good financial advisers at your side, and with our experience in working with land-based businesses of all types down the years we at Knill James are well placed to help. The Festival draws visitors from far and wide and provides a fantastic showcase for SEVA members to present their wares to the increasing number of people who acknowledge the quality of English Wine.”

SEVA wants to extend its gratitude to Belinda and Jeremy for all their hard work, and to Knill James for their generous sponsorship of the event.

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UK VINEYARDS GUIDE APP Congratulations to the team at Sparkling English Wine who won the SEVA initiative fund 2012 with their tender to promote the new iPhone app. The app is currently at the testing phase and will be launched to the public imminently. The plans for promotion include development of an information website, QR code release and circulation, printed publicity and a strong press and social media campaign. We’re hoping all UKVA members will assist with the promotion in the following ways: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Providing links on their websites Displaying the QR code prominently to visitors Word of mouth Links in their email signatures

5. 6. 7.

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Contacting local press Displaying any POS publicity we can provide Downloading and demonstrating the app to friends and acquaintances... ...and any other way you can help!

As soon as it’s ready to launch we’ll be in touch with a comprehensive list of details of ways you can help. It’s in your interest to help market the app - as it will boost publicity and knowledge of industry, and any profits generated (we expect it to retail at around £2.49 per download) will be channelled into research and development projects to the benefit of the whole industry. Watch this space for launch details!

A big thank you to all our sponsors, who have helped to support our work by taking out a sponsor advertisement in this issue of SEVA News: Hattingley Valley, Core Equipment, VIne Works, Gripple Ltd, FAST Viticulture, NP Seymour - and thanks to Knill James Accountants for sposoring our stand at Glynde Festival.

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GRAPEVINE TRUNK DISEASE

INTERNATIONAL

WORKSHOP

REPORT

REPORT BY JIM NEWSOME, VITICULTURALIST FOR VINE-WORKS LTD The International Council on Grapevine Trunk Disease holds a conference every 2 years and the 2012 event was hosted by the University of Valencia from the 18th to the 21st June. It was the largest International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Disease since the founding of the event with representatives from 23 countries and over 100 presentations and posters covering all aspects of trunk disease. Some of the sessions were extremely technical, dealing with esoteric topics such as taxonomy and DNA analysis of mating types. However, other sessions focused on more practical research, such as the mechanisms by which TD fungi are spread and methods of controlling them, confirming current thinking in some areas and challenging it in others. The picture that is emerging is one of a complex disease where the actual process of damaging &/or killing the vine isn’t yet fully understood. For example, vines with TD fungi present

in them can behave differently even within the same vineyard, with some showing symptoms and others remaining healthy. There was some tentative suggestion of a causative link with bacteria and/or stress (more specifically the vine’s metabolic response to it) that brings latent infections to an active state, but research and understanding of this topic is still in its early stages. Other sessions showed the way that vines can become infected from other species in the vicinity, e.g. fruit trees and confirmed that pruning wounds are a common infection vector. In the latter case a South African presentation showed some memorable pictures of insects crawling over recent wounds drinking the sap – these same insects were found to be carrying a wide range of TD fungi, making them another way for vines to become infected. More new and alarming information was presented from New Zealand where


research has shown how TD fungi can not only exist in a latent state in otherwise healthy vine tissue but also potentially infect a wide range of vine tissue types, including undamaged dormant buds. There was also a very interesting session on the role of nurseries in TD infections and the evidence presented showed conclusively that TD infections are present in new planting material globally, with results from Spain, Germany, Australia, Portugal, France and more. Following this there was a general call to arms for more education of nurseries on the impact of poor hygiene practices (such as soaking in dirty tanks) but the question remains as to whether this is an issue on which the nurseries are as focused as they need to be. There were many more discussions and presentations (covered in more detail at www.veni-vidi-viti.com) but overall, the impression was of some excellent work being done on researching trunk disease globally. Perhaps there could have been more depth on the most effective and practical control measures; there can be a gap between the purity of academic research and the work that grapegrowers must do in the field to combat trunk disease. There are also issues surrounding

the communication of the extent and severity of the problem to the entities who are actually in a position to take action, for example by funding research into practical solutions. This is especially apparent in the nursery industry. Nonetheless, this was primarily an academic conference and if solutions are to be found then they will need the sound and wide-ranging scientific foundations that were apparent in Valencia.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE CAN BE FOUND AT: HTTP://WWW.ICGTD.ORG/8IWGTD.HTML


ALSACE STUDY TOUR 2013 As reported in the last issue of SEVA News, we are preparing the schedule and itinerary for another study tour for 2013 to the Alsace region. Exact dates are yet to be confirmed, but it will take place in July next year. This is open to all UKVA members, although priority on places will be given to SEVA members initially. Based on the member survey results, you seemed to favour a visit of around 4 nights, using coach travel, and most favoured ‘comfortable and reasonably priced’ over ‘cheap and cheerful’ and ‘luxurious and gastronomic’. Members seemed to want the purpose to be study tour, with some wanting a technical emphasis. Watch this space for details - and do get in touch now if you want us to pencil you in for a place, or to register your interest.

Photo of Andlau Bas-Rhin, in the Alsace region by Rolf Krahl, 2005, reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

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Sat 1st September 2012 - SEVA Summer BBQ at Bluebell (see right)

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September 2012 - SEVA iPhone app launched

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Thurs 22nd November 2012 - Post Harvest Meal (details TBC) To book a place at any of the above events, contact us by email: southeastvineyards@gmail.com


WINESKILLS NEWS WineSkills is the EU-funded training initiative managed by Plumpton College to support the up-skilling of the UK wine production industry. The funding framework that has supported the project since its outset is coming to a close this September, and is being replaced by a new Defra National Skills Framework. We are pleased to announce that WineSkills (& Plumpton College) has been approved as a training provider under the new framework. Information about future WineSkills training will be communicated in due course.

UPCOMING TRAINING On the right, you can find our training dairy from now until September. The full list of upcoming training is also available on our website (http://wineskills. co.uk/training/list), where you can book a place on any of our courses. *The VPS (Vineyard Practical Skills) workshops are practical based sessions offering proficiency with vineyard manual and machinery skills delivered by the VineWorks team in small, informal groups.

MENTORING SCHEME The summer 2012 round of WineSkills mentoring is under way. All five of our mentors are now fully booked with visits from July to September. The first industry reports from our mentors will be published towards the end of the summer. In the meantime, you can read all the previous mentor reports on our website (http://wineskills.co.uk/training/ mentor/reports/list).

THE WINESKILLS TEAM, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: JO COWDEROY, CHRIS FOSS, ANDREW ATKINSON, ALISTAIR NESBITT


UPCOMING COURSES MASTERCLASS Wine Tourism: Optimising Cellar Door Sales with Prof Stephen Charters MW

Mon 13/8

Masterclass

Plumpton College, East Sussex

Disease recognition and control

Thu 16/8

Workshop

Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard, Somerset

Winemaking: Fermentation management with David Cowderoy

Mon 3/9

Workshop

Eastcott Vineyard, Devon

Wine Analysis

Tue 4/9

Workshop

Custom Crush, Hampshire

Winery Health and Safety

Wed 5/9

Workshop

Hambledon Vineyard, Hampshire

MASTERCLASS: Making sense of wine: An introduction to wine sensory evaluation with Dr Wendy Parr from Lincoln University, NZ.

Fri 7/9

Masterclass

Plumpton College, East Sussex

VPS 10 Vineyard harvest preparations

Fri 7/9

Workshop

Court Gardens Vineyard, East Sussex

VPS 10 Vineyard harvest preparations

Thu 13/9

Workshop

Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard, Somerset

Carbon dioxide awareness and confined spaces training for wineries

Mon 24/9

Workshop

Alpha Training Safety Solutions, West Sussex

CLICK ON THE COURSE TITLES ABOVE TO ACCESS THE WINESKILLS WEBSITE AND BOOK A PLACE.

SPONSOR THE SEVA! If you are interested in sponsoring the SEVA by taking out an advertisement in our regular newsletter, or getting a link on our website, email us at southeastvineyards@gmail.com or call Lila: 07907 460347. We offer an excellent opportunity to reach a wide target audience whilst supporting the work of the Association at the same time. Get in touch!


35TH OIV VINE AND WINE CONGRESS, IZMIR, TURKEY A L I S TA I R N ES B IT T, WINES KIL L S SUSTA INA BIL ITY PRO JECT M A NA G E R

When invited to present a paper on the WineSkills initiative at the the 35th OIV (Office Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) Congress in Izmir (Turkey), how could I refuse? To some it might seem an odd destination for a vine and wine congress, but Turkey has been producing wine for over 2000 years. It’s the 6th biggest grape-growing country in the world (95% of grapes are grown for table grapes or raisins), with a rapidly-expanding wine industry. The Congress focused on areas such as trade, sustainability, and consumer health, and was attended by academics, viticulturists, oenologists, trade officials and diplomats from all over the world. What surprised me was the keen interest

shown in the UK wine industry, even though Britain is no longer an OIV member state. For instance, delegates were welcomed by OIV President Yves Bénard, who was only a few lines into his speech when he mentioned the growth of the UK wine production industry and their focus on quality. He went on to recognise the importance of the UK as a major wine purchasing country and wine trade centre… Most of the viticulture focus at the congress was on table grape or raisin production, but the oenology area dealt with subjects as diverse as standardising analytical techniques, sulphur dioxide reduction trials, and the use of metabolic blockers in sequential fermentation.


My main interest was the congress section dedicated to law and the economy; particularly the role of environmental credentials for wine. The key conclusion from those presenting world-wide research was that the economic and market drivers for environmental protection and improved efficiency in production processes (particularly around energy and water use), are becoming increasingly significant. This is particularly the case for wines being marketed at a younger audience (“generation Y”). My presentation was on the development, structure and delivery of the WineSkills initiative as a training provider, and its role in supporting the sustainable development of wine production in the UK. There was very significant interest in this project, particularly from emerging wine-producing regions and those

that have limited education provision in Wine. Peter Hayes (The WineSkills Vineyard Management Mentor and OIV Vice-President) was present at the conference, and extolled the virtue of WineSkills in discussions with several member countries. Of course this was also an opportunity to sell Plumpton’s wine education provision to interested parties from around the world. Plumpton College paid for me to go, so sell I did! Let’s hope the hard work pays off. Finally, the OIV President and Director General told me that they were very keen to talk to relevant bodies and individuals in the UK about the OIV, and I gather that DEFRA are considering renewing the Britain’s OIV membership. I would strongly support this, as it would allow us to participate in the International wine stage and work with major wine producers on many important issues which concern us all. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONFERENCE IS AVAILABLE AT THE OIV WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.OIV.INT/OIV/INFO/ ENORGCONGRES2012

ALISTAIR NESBITT PRESENTING AT THE 35TH OIV CONGRESS ON SUSTAINABLE WINE PRODUCTION


SOCIAL MEDIA VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED SEVA recently launched a new Twitter feed (@englishwinenews) that we hope to use to bring the latest news to all our members and the industry in general. However - we need your help! Dedicated social media afficionados are required to help populate the feed with their tweets. This would suit anyone with an interest in social media, knowledge of the English Wine industry and the desire to make new contacts! Contact southeastvineyards@gmail.com for more details.

SEVA ADMINISTRATIVE COVER REQUIRED Our Administrator is going on maternity leave around the end of October and a replacement is required for a minium of 5 months, possibly longer. The role is varied and interesting - and involves event organising, membership work, basic book-keeping, meeting arrangement and facilitation, some website updating, social media work and undertaking the administrative side of any other SEVA projects. This role is paid on an hourly basis as required but you must be selfemployed / freelance. Please contact Chris Foss for more details by emailing: chris.foss@plumpton.ac.uk. Full training / support will be provided.

REMEMBER TO BOOK YOUR BBQ PLACE... A final reminder to book your place at our Summer BBQ being held at Bluebell Vineyard (pictured below) - see the invite published on p11. Friends and family are very welcome and we’ll be having a special tasting of Alsace wines to whet our appetites in advance of the planned 2013 study tour.....


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