The UK’s Leading Vineyard Services Company Since 2006

VineWorks was founded on the simple premise that quality wine starts on the vine.

While studying for my BSc (Hons) in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College (2004), I saw a growing need for vineyard services to support the rapidly expanding UK wine industry. While my fellow classmates dreamed of becoming winemakers, I focused my attention on understanding soil, climate, root stock, trellising, pruning, harvesting – everything that goes into growing quality grapes.

Since those humble beginnings, VineWorks has evolved into the UK’s leading vineyard services company having established over 300 vineyards, planted over 4.5 million vines, installed over one million posts, and hand-harvested tens of thousands of tons of grapes.

Today we offer a full range of vineyard support including establishment, vineyard management, vine importation, fruit brokering and retail.

We believe in the future of the UK wine industry. We want to help vineyards become sustainable both financially and environmentally. That’s why we regularly publish articles promoting good viticultural
practice, offer training and fund research into UK-specific innovation.

At VineWorks, we care about the vine’s journey from planting to harvest. That’s why our mission is to support UK vineyards, one vine at a time.

James Dodson

Meet The Team

Chief Executive Officer & Founder – James Dodson

BSc (Hons) Arch, BSc (Hons) Viti/Oeno, DipWSET
james@vine-works.com

James has always loved digging deeper. It inspired his first career in archaeology and later, while working for Oddbins as a Fine Wine Manager for Scotland, it ultimately inspired a wish to be part of the winemaking industry. While studying for his BSc (Hons) in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College, he worked for various vineyards and recognised a growing demand for vineyard services to the ever-expanding English wine industry. With the help of a fellow student, he founded VineWorks in 2006. While growing the business, James also worked in California as a Cellar Hand (2007), and as an Assistant Contract Winemaker for Waverly in the south of France (2008). From there on, with the growth of the UK wine industry and the subsequent demand on the business, VineWorks has demanded all of his attention. These days, rather than digging deeper, James loves flying high and is often to be found paragliding over the Sussex landscape. It is, he says, the perfect way to scope out potential sites!

Business Director & Head of Vineyard Services – Chris Buckley

BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) Viti/Oeno, DipWSET
chris@vine-works.com

Chris has been with VineWorks for the best part of a decade with some time in between spent working in Napa Valley, California and Margaret River, Australia as well as recently as Head of Viticulture and Operations at Artelium Estate. His role is to provide strategic and operational leadership to each of the departments within the business as well as developing & leading a team of Viticulturists and Vineyard Managers to provide an excellent package of Vineyard Services to our clients.

Business Support Officer – Carolyn Chinn

MA, BA (Hons)
carolyn@vine-works.com

Carolyn comes from the arts and heritage sector bringing insight into business management and engagement. She provides the team with support around HR, marketing and business planning.

Finance Director – Sally Crowder

sally.crowder@vine-works.com

Sally is responsible for all the financials, credit control and overseeing payroll as well as the many daily tasks involved in running a successful business. She is a key player in upholding our commitment to excellent employment ethics by monitoring our adherence to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), Association of Labour Providers (ALP) and Stronger Together.

Head of Retail – Cherry Constable

DipWSET, Foundation Diploma in Wine Business
cherry@vine-works.com

Cherry has been with VineWorks for nearly five years and has built our retail department from scratch. She is responsible for managing and organising all sales: liaising with our suppliers and sourcing new products, receiving all products into our warehouse and coordinating deliveries, and communicating with all customers, processing their invoices and dispatching their orders. Cherry studied at Plumpton College, gaining both a Diploma in Wine Business and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, (WSET) Diploma. She has judged at numerous international competitions, including the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA) and World Gin Awards.

Head of Establishment – William Mower

BSc (Hons), FC
will@vine-works.com

Will is your first port of call when deciding whether to plant a vineyard. He assesses prospective vineyard sites and writes viticultural suitability reports. He designs and project manages each new vineyard and liaises with vine nurseries and suppliers to ensure every customer receives the highest quality vines and products to establish their vineyard. Before joining VineWorks, Will worked in the English wine industry for many years whilst attending viticulture and winemaking modules at Plumpton Agricultural College.

Senior Viticulturist – Charles Martin

HNDipAg, NZWADip
charles@vine-works.com

Charles has been involved in vineyards for nearly 42 years. His experience extends from New Zealand, the Cape Winelands, Australia and California to owning his vineyard and winery in the Dordogne. He is skilled in vineyard management, specialising in canopy management and natural soil health to produce sustainable quality and yields. Drawn back to the UK’s rapidly expanding and flourishing industry, Charles was a Vineyard Operations Manager in Essex before joining VineWorks as Senior Viticulturist. He aims to share all the knowledge and experience gained over the years and wine regions by building strong relationships with our customers.

Viticulturist & Establishment Consultant – Tom Reid

BSc (Hons), PGDip Viti/Oeno
tom@vine-works.com

Tom began working in vineyards in Central Otago, New Zealand before returning home and working for both Nyetimber and Ridgeview while completing his postgraduate degree in viticulture at Plumpton. Joining VineWorks in 2020 as an Establishment Consultant, Tom helped clients choose suitable pieces of land, manage planting days, and oversee the installation of trellising systems for each new vineyard. Transitioning to the Vineyard Services team in 2022 he brought all his experience and knowledge to share with our customers. Tom is passionate about using results and evidence to achieve greater performances in the vineyard. Coming from a maths background, he brings a keen eye to the interpretation of your vineyard data.

Viticulturalist – Daniel Bojan

MA (Horticulture)
daniel@vine-works.com

Daniel has a Masters’ degree in Horticulture with multiple years’ experience managing vineyards and fruit farms in Romania. Since joining VineWorks six years ago he now looks after several Kent and East Anglia based vineyards, for some of the largest fruit growers in the region.

Staff Operations Officer – Alex Gageanu

alex@vine-works.com

Alex’s role involves all aspects of HR from recruitment, overseeing the induction of new and returning employees in English or Romanian, to providing pastoral support for our vineyard staff. He is also responsible for assisting in the smooth running of the finance department. Being bilingual in Romanian/English Alex is able to support staff in both languages, ensuring everything nothing gets lost in translation. Before VineWorks he was an Area Manager for a cleaning company looking after 60 people at a large UK airport.