Membership - Vine and Wine Clubs

The research vineyeard at NIAB East Malling

Join the NIAB Vine Club

Scientific support is vital for grape growers and NIAB’s crop science team at East Malling is currently developing a programme of research to support the unique needs of UK vineyards.

Led by NIAB’s highly experienced viticulture and oenology research leader Belinda Kemp, members will be directly involved in bridging the gap between viticulture plant science and practical application, ensuring that they will be the first to benefit from emerging, innovative research.

Who is eligible to join the Vine Club?

Membership of the NIAB Vine Club is only available to UK Vineyard Managers, Assistant Vineyard Managers, and vineyard staff who are currently in full-time employment in a vineyard.

Membership fee

Introductory first year rate in 2024 - £500 +vat per person, £1,000 +vat annually thereafter.

  • Membership opens: 1st April 2024
  • Membership term:  1st April-31st March annually.

Membership benefits

  • Annual NIAB Vine Club Day focusing on the most recent, relevant cool climate viticulture research topics, including guest researchers involved in viticulture research
  • Access to members website, presenting project updates and cool climate viticulture news, covering challenges and solutions, regenerative viticulture practices and new vineyard technology
  • Twice-yearly enewsletter covering UK cool climate viticulture news and topics
  • Annual technical webinar on a topic requested by members
  • Opportunity to attend national and international members only Vine Club tours/visits organised by NIAB
  • Access to confidential scientific expert advice and guidance.

Upcoming events include:

  • Presentation (in person):  Regenerative viticulture practices: Dealing with soil compaction & Under vine management, at NIAB East Malling with an international guest speaker
  • Presentation (in person) and Installation of IoT Accurate Yield Estimation at NIAB East Malling, with Vine Scout, Australia, and Real time Grape Yield Estimation.

“In setting up the NIAB Vine Club, we plan to work with UK grape growers, to ensure our grape and wine industry benefits directly from our cool climate focused, scientifically robust viticulture research. NIAB scientists are looking forward to working closely with UK grape growers to address viticulture challenges associated with our changing climate.” - Belinda Kemp, Head of Viticulture and Oenology Research.

Join the Vine Club

Further sparkling (Fizz Club UK) and still wine (White and Red Club) membership schemes will be launching later in 2024. Please check back for details.