The East Malling Viticulture Research Consortium helps direct the focus of the work undertaken at NIAB East Malling and to ensure the application of its science will play a significant role in the sustainability and profitability of the UK wine industry. The consortium comprises NIAB and the leading UK vineyards Bolney Wine Estate, Chapel Down, Nyetimber, Gusbourne Estate, Halfpenny Green, Hencote and Kingscote vineyards, and was launched at 2016 Fruit Focus with the aim of providing much-needed underpinning science to the rapidly growing UK quality wine sector.
Drawing on the current multi-million pound research programmes across NIAB and a century of R&D success at East Malling in supporting global fruit production, the consortium is seeking to embed and build on the industry’s existing achievements through focussed research and development activity aimed at improved quality, reducing costs and creation of a globally recognised UK science-based viticulture sector.
The consortium benefits from NIAB’s extensive science team and network to develop cost effective research and knowledge transfer activities. The consortium is delighted to welcome new forward-thinking members from all aspects of the UK viticulture sector who share similar high quality aspirations.
NIAB's grape research programme
Grape research programme at NIAB East Malling involves leading scientists from across the three research programmes.
NIAB's concept vineyard
NIAB planted a research vineyard in 2015 for both scientific and demonstration purposes. The vineyard is ensuring that our research is directly applicable to commercial vineyards and also provides an essential tool to test upstream innovative practices or novel ideas of research in viticulture.