Master of the Vintners’ Company, Sir Andrew Parmely, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and on the right is WineGB Chairman, Simon Robinson.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall attended a dinner this evening organised by Wines of Great Britain (WineGB),the UK wine industry’s national body, to celebrate one of Britain’s success stories. Hosted by the Worshipful Company of Vintners the dinner took place in Vintners’ Hall, the spiritual home of the wine trade. Guests were treated to a wide range of award-winning wines from around the UK during the evening.

Her Royal Highness is President of Wines of Great Britain and also a Liveryman of the Vintners’ Company. Her connection to wine is through her father, Major Bruce Shand, who was a wine merchant and The Duchess herself grew up in Sussex, now one of the main wine-growing regions of England.

Champagne Bottles

Farm Diversity editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Simon Robinson, chair of WineGB, about why farms in England and Wales are creating vineyards to rival those in Champagne…

Vineyards are cropping up all over the place at the moment, and with a “seismic” change occurring in English and Welsh wine production, it’s little wonder farmers are turning to the the humble grape to make a profit.