Bruni erben, set up nearly 70 years ago and now owned by Berlin Packaging, specialises in bottles, closures and the machinery that brings those two elements together securely, as well as filling and packaging equipment.
“We see The Vineyard & Winery Show as a really great way of putting more focus on a sector that is coming of age and shifting rapidly from the ‘hobby vineyard’ of 20 or so years ago to the highly professional industry that we see today,” explained technical sales manager for wines and spirits Mark Crumpton. Read more>
CLM support viticulturists across a range of commercial areas. CLM are particularly involved in helping people find, buy and sell land, shape and structure their businesses – through such formats as leases and joint ventures – developing tourism activities and navigating the planning system. Read more>
One of the UK’s leading vineyard agronomy companies, Hutchinsons has a dedicated, full-time team of vineyard specialists. Along with advice, Hutchinsons supplies crop protection products, nutrition and all the sundry products and services needed to manage a vine crop successfully. Hutchinsons offer nutrition mapping and management plus soil health and soil management on organic and conventional vineyards, which is critical to producing healthy and productive vines. Read more>
Machinery dealer Vitifruit supplies an extensive range of outdoor equipment for vineyards throughout the UK. Vitifruit provides high quality equipment for all sectors of the market, machines for the new or smaller growers to equipment from the market leading manufacturers for larger vineyards. Read more>
Royston Labels are a leading UK supplier of self-adhesive labels, with over 30 years in the industry. Combining knowledge of traditional print technologies with the latest in digital innovations, Royston ensure their clients always receive the most creative, cost-effective, high quality packaging solutions available. Royston offers the full range of label production services, in the studio where they carry out pre-press services, including artwork updates and colour retouching through to their extensive printing facilities including equipment for conventional combination printing and embellishment techniques. Read more>
Mark brings a particular understanding of the industry to his role with bruni erben, having obtained a Masters Degree in wine making from Plumpton College.
Given its long-standing history, it is no surprise that in 1955 bruni erben – then H Erben Ltd – supplied pressing and bottling machinery to Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones, who planted the first commercial vineyard in the UK for a hundred years.
More recent developments include setting up a supplier partnership with Laffort, which allows the company to offer oenological supplies, filtration kits, processing aids and additives alongside tanks, bottling equipment and closures.
Bruni erben has its own UK laboratory and offers technical support to all its customers. “We see ourselves as very customer-centric and we make sure we listen and respond to their requests. We offer other support including stockholding, logistics and credit accounts and we can also print straight onto glass,” explained Mark.
“It’s exciting to see the increasingly professional approach being taken by UK wine growers and makers and their determination to produce high quality wines, and our aim is to supply them with the right products and the right bottles to help them do that. The industry is going through astonishing growth and has a great future.
“The Vineyard Show will be a great way to celebrate that and bring the various players together as a source of ideas and expertise from which all the visitors can draw. It’s a great idea and I’m sure it will be a huge success.”
For Matthew Berryman of land, property and environmental consultants CLM, the launch of The Vineyard Show “is indicative of the bright future for the viticulture sector”.
He explained: “Like all parts of the economy, we have been hit hard by Covid-19, but the long-term prospects remain strong, with English and Welsh wines winning awards and customers.
“Running a successful vineyard business is a complex proposition, though, and that’s never been more the case than it is today.
“Successful operators need specialist advice on many topics, which is why CLM is proud to be one of sponsors of the inaugural Vineyard Show as we support viticulturists across a range of commercial areas.
“We are particularly involved in helping people find, buy and sell land, shape and structure their businesses – through such formats as leases and joint ventures – develop tourism activities and navigate the planning system.
“We give honest, objective advice, whether that’s on the upper limit they should bid for a piece of land or the likelihood of getting planning permission to build a winery if they do acquire that land.
“We’re excited about the future and believe there are many great opportunities to be had, but we’re also realistic about the challenges.
“The Vineyard & Winery Show will be a great platform for all sections of our industry – from growers and would-be investors to wine makers, agronomists and the trade – to come together in one place.
“There’ll be a host of exhibitors and a fascinating seminar programme, making this a great place to network and hear the latest news and views
“It’s also a perfect opportunity to keep up to date with new technical advice, market trends and government policies, not to mention tasting some of the wonderful wine produced in this country.
“We live in a time of change. The launch of this new show is testimony to that change and evidence of the excitement surrounding viticulture.
“We’re based in East Sussex, in the heart of wine country, and have supported rural businesses for many years, so we’re looking forward to talking to visitors to the show at the Kent Showground on 24 November next year about how we can help them launch or develop their viticulture enterprise.”
Now one of the UK’s leading vineyard agronomy companies, Hutchinsons was keen to sign up as a sponsor of The Vineyard Show.
Head of Marketing Nick Rainsley explained that the show would provide an opportunity not just to support the industry and allow Hutchinsons’ experts to share up-to-date knowledge and information but to take the time to meet and chat to new growers within a thriving sector.
Hutchinsons has a dedicated, full-time team of vineyard specialists, including Chris Cooper and Rob Saunders, two highly experienced and well-respected vineyard agronomists who contribute to Vineyard each month.
“Along with advice, Hutchinsons supplies crop protection products, nutrition and all the sundry products and services needed to manage a vine crop and to do so successfully,” Nick said. “We offer nutrition mapping and management plus soil health and soil management on organic and conventional vineyards, which is critical. Our unique healthy soils assessment looks not just at the chemical make-up of the soil but at its physical attributes to produce a comprehensive guide to how the grower can improve it.”
The vineyard market has clearly grown rapidly over the past decade or so, but Nick believes it has changed in a more fundamental way. “Growers are now more professional and more experienced and are demanding a much higher level of service and support,” he said. “They expect more, and we are here to deliver more.
“While the main change is in the sheer scale of the industry, that more professional approach is also driving things forward. When you have investment in this country from traditional wine areas in France, you know that the game is changing – and we are here to support that.
“Hutchinsons feels the time is absolutely right for the industry to have its own, dedicated professional event that supports and celebrates all areas of viticulture and provides great networking opportunities and a chance to showcase the best of English wines. We will be highlighting new technologies and services in areas such as weather and disease prediction and nutrition and soil mapping.
“It is also important to us to know that the show is being organised by a highly professional team brought together by Vineyard magazine. Their knowledge of the industry and their experience gives us confidence that this really will be a great show.”
Machinery dealer Vitifruit, supplies a broad range of outdoor equipment for vineyards across the UK and takes pride in providing a bespoke service based on each customer’s needs.
“We stock entry level, but still high quality, equipment for new or smaller growers but we can also provide state-of-the-art machinery from big name manufacturers for larger vineyards,” explained Richard Witt, joint owner of the Edenbridge-based business.
“As an example, we stock sprayers from MM and Zupan which cost a few thousand pounds and are ideal for smaller vineyards, but we can also supply the Lipco recirculation sprayer that recycles any liquid that drips off the vines, saving up to 40% of chemical costs and eliminating drift.
“As well as sprayers, Vitifruit supplies mowers, inter-vine cultivators and de-leafers as well as smaller items such as secateurs and tying machines,” said Richard. “Everything apart from tractors – and in most cases we can offer products across a broad price spectrum.”
Vitifruit, which Richard set up in 2010 with partner David Sayell, also offers repairs, servicing and machinery hire, looking after customers all over the country. David Wood, the third member of the team, leads on the workshop side of the business.
Richard explained why Vitifruit had been keen to sponsor The Vineyard Show. “The company has been with Vineyard since its inception, and David (Sayell) writes an article every month, so we feel a strong affinity with the magazine and wanted to be involved in this exciting new project.
“The idea of an industry specific show for English wines and vineyards is interesting – and very necessary at a time when there is so much happening in the sector. It’s also planned for a good time of the year when people are less busy. We think it’s a great idea and we we are keen to support it.
“We are looking forward to meeting old and new customers and talking to people about how we can support their businesses.”
Vineyard magazine are delighted to announce Royston Labels as a main sponsor of the new Vineyard & Winery Show, that will take place on 24 November 2021. Organised by Vineyard magazine and supported by WineGB, this will be an important event for the industry. There will be opportunities to attend presentations from experts, network with peers, and see in action vineyard and winery equipment, all under one roof.
Royston Labels are also pleased to announce the appointment of Glyn Scriven as their new Head of Sales. Glyn will be responsible for the leadership of the sales team which manage the labelling production for wine, beer and spirits producers in the UK. Glyn has extensive sales and marketing experience within paper and packaging manufacturers. In recent years his work has focussed on providing labels and closures to the UK drinks market, where he has built a strong reputation for delivery and service.
Commenting on the new appointment, managing director, Paul Clayton said, “Glyn brings a wealth of knowledge on the drinks industry which is already proving invaluable to the Royston team. Although the drinks market is currently facing extreme challenges due to Covid-19, helping our clients deliver quality packaging to represent their brand story is still a shared priority.
“Royston Labels are very pleased and proud to be a main sponsor of the new Vineyard & Winery show,” commended Glyn Scriven. “I have been involved with the UK wine industry for over a decade and so I am very excited about the new Vineyard & Winery show and the opportunities that it will bring for the industry,” Glyn added.