Wines of Great Britain Ltd (WineGB) is the national body for grape growers and winemakers. The original national body was established in 1967 by a handful of early vineyard pioneers, and was know as the English Vineyards Association (EVA). This evolved to become the United Kingdom Vineyards Association which in January 2017 celebrated its 50 year anniversary.
Grape growing and winemaking in the UK has changed dramatically during over the last 50 years; England and Wales now have approximately 2500 hectares (6200 acres) of vineyards, with around 700 vineyards (of which about 540 are commercial), and over 160 wineries producing world-class internationally award winning sparkling, white, rose and red wines. The UK produced 5.9 million bottles in 2017.
With this dramatic growth of the UK wine production industry Wines of Great Britain Ltd (WineGB) was formed on 1st September 2017 from the merger of the two previous bodies; United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP). This merger combined the resources, skills and expertise of both organisations to form a single and effective industry body to represent the grape growers and wine producers of Great Britain.