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About the South West Vineyards Association.

Members of the SWVA are drawn from all ranks of those interested in growing vines for wine making.  Most of the big and the smaller commercial vineyards in our region are members and there are many who grow vines simply for their own satisfaction and have no interest to do so commercially.  Some members are not growers, but have a commercial interest in vine growing or wine making products or can provide a consultancy service to those who do.  Members  of the SWVA are automatically members of our parent orgaanisation, Wines of Great Britain (WineGB). 

Subscriptions for the region are additionsl to those for WineGB and  decided at the AGM.All fees are payable from 1st January.  Charges are made for meetings so as to help keep subs to a minimum.   The Association publishes a list is of its members who ‘trade’ and want publicity and that is on the website.

The Year’s Events…

The aim of the Association is to provide a congenial forum for members to share their experiences and air their views.  There are usually two or three meetings a year: usually a Spring Meeting in March that  includes an AGM, sometimes a Summer Meeting in June, which is an opportunity for members to visit a member’s vineyard in another part of the Region, and an Annual Competition, which is judged to the highest national standards, is held in September.  Following the AGM in 2018 we shall be running more frequent discussion visits to member vineyards.

Organisation ...

The Association is run on a voluntary basis by a Committee elected from members at each AGM.  The Committee elects a Chairman and determines the direction of the Association.  The Committee organizes meetings and runs the Competition.

Rules of Association have been drawn up and are reviewed as necessary from time to time.

The aims of the Association include the promotion of SW wines and vineyards. In 2015 for the first time we ran trade tastings in Bristol and Exeter. We have in the past run a regional table at the English Wine Producers Trade Tasting in London, and offer help and support for sub-regional promotions (for example "Devon Wine Week" which runs during English Wine Week at the end of each May). We use this website to publicise and provide an online map of trading vineyards, and provide links to members' online sales pages through the "Buy SW Wines Online" page. We use our social feeds, Twitter @SWVineyardsUK, Facebook.com/south west vineyards and our Instagram feed @swva to re-tweet and regram members' posts and publicise stories and events. Through the member network, joint buying arrangements can sometimes be made where bulk savings are worthwhile.

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