The association provides support and advice for winemakers, vineyards and viticulturists throughout the whole of the midlands (mercian) region, from the Scottish and Welsh borders to the North and West, over to Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire in the East and South. We meet regularly to support one another, swap ideas and, of course, to enjoy the distinctive experience of English and Welsh wine.

The MVA is part of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA), and is one of six regional associations. All MVA members automatically become members of the UKVA on joining. The UKVA is the only organisation recognised by the government and the wider community as representing the English and Welsh wine industry.

What are our aims?

1/. To provide members with an opportunity to develop and exchange their knowledge of vine growing and wine production.

2/. To represent the members at national level via the UKVA

3/. To promote members commercial activity and promote English and Welsh wines.

Who can join?

1/. Anyone with an interest in wine production or viticulture.

2/. Commercial producers or amateur vinegrowers.

3/. Located in the midlands region.

What are the benefits of joining?

1/. A copy of our publication The Grapevine, which contains lots of information and technical advice, as well as members news and forthcoming events.

2/. Access to all areas of our website www.mercianvineyards.org.uk

3/. Invites to attend our March and November meetings (held throughout the region), with opportunities to meet other members, network and share knowledge, and vote at the AGM.

4/. Regular emailed news and updates within the association.

5/. Eligibility to enter our annual Wine Challenge competition in the summer

6/. Up to date information about training courses and educational opportunities available.

UKVA membership will provide:

1/. Twice yearly copies of The Grapepress Magazine – national wine industry news, technical reports and updates to legislation.

2/. The annual ‘Green Book’, which gives detailed information on approved pesticides and herbicides to be used in the vineyard.

3/. Addition onto the email forum – a closed forum for UKVA members to discuss issues relating to vine growing and winemaking.

4/. Preferential rates to enter the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition – for commercial growers, this is the UK wine industry ‘Oscars’. Awards are presented at a prestigious lunch in July each year..

5/. Access to legal advice through the UKVA membership of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

6/. Only members are listed in the widely available Map of the Vineyards of England and Wales.

And much more….

The awareness and popularity of English and Welsh wines is very much increasing and we hope to maintain the high standards that the industry is achieving and promote it further.