Jo Cowderoy has been appointed as Marketing Manager for Vinescapes Ltd and its partner business Veraison Ltd, based in Dorking, Surrey.

Vinescapes is the leading vineyard and winery development consultancy providing world class research, strategic and operational expertise to grape and wine producers. Vinescapes is partnered by Veraison who provide bespoke vineyard establishment and management services.

Previously editor of Vineyard magazine, Jo brings a wealth of sector knowledge with over 20 years’ experience within the wine industry, both in the UK and France, working in sales and marketing, exports, as well as production. Jo was responsible for setting up and delivering the very successful Defra funded WineSkills industry training programme from 2010-2015, while teaching in the wine division at Plumpton College and will use her skills to develop a much-needed new training provision from Vinescapes – critical for the future success of the UK wine sector. In her subsequent role as WineGB’s Operations Manager Jo further expanded her unique position in, and her experience of, the UK wine sector.

Jo Cowderoy said: “I have worked closely with Alistair in the past and couldn’t wait to be part of his dynamic and ambitious team that is bringing so much benefit and support to the industry. I have seen how Vinescapes, with a science-based approach, and client focused values, is clearly leading vineyard and winey development in the UK and am thrilled to be joining them as they expand.”

Commenting on Jo’s appointment, Dr Alistair Nesbitt, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jo to our team. She has brilliant media, industry and training experience that will help us drive forward Vinescapes ambitious goals and growth plans. I first worked with Jo 10-years ago and it’s great to be back working alongside such a skilled, knowledgeable and fun colleague.”

Joel Jorgensen, MD Veraison added: “This is such an exciting time for the UK wine sector, and Jo will be a great asset to Veraison as we grow our dedicated and meticulous vineyard management and consultancy services.”