Vine and Wine Discovery Day - 14 Sept 23

Supporting the UK vine and wine industry

John Mumford Building, NIAB, New Road, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6BJ

A free event with NIAB, please register to book your place

Thursday 14 September 2023

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NIAB established its first research and demonstration vineyard at East Malling in 2015 to support a burgeoning vine and wine industry. Early work has involved variety and rootstock trials, weed control research and a demonstration of frost mitigation systems. With the development of a new research winery, the first of its kind in the UK, and the appointment of oenologist Dr Belinda Kemp, we are inviting grape growers and wine producers to this event to learn about our current work, future research, and research plans to support the industry through our NIAB Grape and Wine R&D Consortium.


09:30  Arrival and coffee

10:00 Welcome and introduction (Mario Caccamo)
10:15 Wine Innovation Centre: vision, research and future plans (Belinda Kemp)
10:35 Introducing the ‘NIAB Grape and Wine R&D Consortium’ (Belinda Kemp)
10:45 Latest developments in SWD research and control (Michelle Fountain)
11:10 Tour of the new winery and laboratory facilities (Belinda Kemp)

12:25 Lunch break

13:15 Tour of the Rhizolab – a facility to study  soil, rootstocks and microbiome  (Belinda Kemp & Flora O’Brien)
14:00 Tour of the research vineyard with up-dates on current research (Belinda Kemp and Flora O’Brien)

14:45 Tea and departure