Location: Denbies Wine Estate
Phone: 01306 742002

Rather than focusing on one topic, this year’s WineGB Industry Conference will feature talks on viticulture, winemaking, sustainability, business, and marketing. Join us for a jam-packed day of learning, knowledge-sharing and networking.

We are delighted to be joined by renowned wine critic, journalist and writer Jancis Robinson MW. Jancis will give the keynote address, in which she will outline the key trends in the world of wine and how the GB wine industry might best respond to them.

The WineGB Industry Conference agenda is below. Stay tuned for updates to the speaker line-up.

We are very grateful for our community of Partners, Patrons and Sponsors who support us throughout the year. Particular thanks goes to closures supplier and WineGB Gold Patron, Rankin, for sponsoring this conference.


9am-9:30am: Arrivals and coffee

9:30am-12:30pm: Morning plenary session and keynote address.
> Wine trends and the GB wine industry: Jancis Robinson MW
> The use of robotics in viticulture: Dr Greg Cielniak
> The PDO/PGI consultation – an update: Simon Thorpe MW
> The latest industry data: Simon Thorpe MW
> Key findings from the WineGB Tourism Survey: Julia Trustram Eve
> Managing workload to support diversity in the wine industry: Tamara Roberts

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch

1:45pm-3:30pm: Concurrent breakout sessions.

> 1:45pm-2:30pm Talk 1: Sustainable viticulture: fruit quality and soil health with Peter Hayes and Luke Boxall.
> 2:45-3:30pm Talk 2: The latest viticultural research with Plumpton College.

> 1:45pm-2:30pm Talk 1: A new way to make Pinot Noir with Sam Lindo and Nick Lane.
> 2:45-3:30pm Talk 2: How microbes contribute to wine style and flavour with Professor Matthew Goddard.

Business & Marketing
> 1:45pm-2:30pm Talk 1: The grants and funding options available to the GB wine sector with Henry Clemons.
> 2:45-3:30pm Talk 2: Social media: making the most of your digital presence with Hannah Milnes.

3:30pm-4:15pm: Bring-your-own-bottle 2018 vintage comparison tasting

4:15pm-4:30pm: Wrap-up and close

Ticket prices

Early bird members’ rate (book by 10 February): £65 + VAT = £78

Standard members’ rate: £80 + VAT = £96

Early bird non-members’ rate (book by 10 February): £85 + VAT = £102

Standard non-members’ rate: £110 + VAT = £132

Early bird student rate = £58.50 + VAT = £70.20

Standard student rate = £72 + VAT = £86.40
(To qualify for the student rate, you must be doing one of the following: studying a degree course (BA, BSc, or MSc) in viticulture & oenology, wine production, wine business and any other related course; taking part in the Crop Technician (Viticulture) Apprenticeship course at Plumpton College; or studying for the Master of Wine qualification.

The WineGB Industry Conference is now sold out. For information regarding future events, please contact Angelina

Event details

Date/Time: 6th March, 2023 9:00am – 4:30 pm