The East Anglian Vineyards Association

Who we are?

The East Anglian Vineyards Association is one of the six regional associations which cover the wine growing areas of England and Wales. It was founded in 1978 at Chilford Hall by Sam Alper, to bring together all those interested in growing vines and making fine English wines in East Anglia. Today we have more than 30 vineyards as Full Members, ranging from less than a hectare to over 30 hectares in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.  Members also include people or organisations who have an interest in viticulture and the English Wine Industry.

Members and Full Members are automatically affiliated to the UKVA, the national body lobbying Westminster and Brussels on behalf of the English Wine Industry.

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Why do we exist?

The Association aims to provide guidance for the many legal, commercial and technical issues occurring within the industry. The EAVA Regional competition occurs annually and results may be presented to the public as an example of what we can achieve in the East. Most vineyards in our region are members, but if not, we encourage joining the EAVA, as membership provides beneficial support.

We assist members with publicity, manage both educational and promotional events, distribute information and coordinate links with other trade and tourist bodies.  Vineyards may exhibit in the Vineyards marquees each year at the Suffolk and Norfolk Shows and we represent the region at the English Wine Producers trade tasting in London.   We are committed to raising and maintaining  high standards, and have encouraged members and producers to participate in the EU funded wineskills and other programmes to  raise levels of education and keep abreast of modern changes in viticulture, winemaking  and marketing practices, particularly at a time when awareness and popularity of English Wine is hugely increasing.