THE UK’S LEADING VINEYARD SERVICES COMPANY SINCE 2006
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.
Quality wine starts on the Vine
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, rootstock, trellising, pruning and 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.
Founder and CEO of VineWorks
BSc (Hons) Arch, BSc (Hons) Viti/Oeno, DipWSETjames@vine-works.com
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) Viti/Oeno, DipWSET
BUSINESS DIRECTOR & HEAD OF VINEYARD SERVICES
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, Sussex. His role is to provide strategic and operational leadership to each of the departments within the business as well as developing and leading a team of Viticulturists and Vineyard Managers to provide an excellent package of Vineyard Services to our clients.
BSc (Hons), FC
HEAD OF VINEYARD ESTABLISHMENT
Will is your first port of call when deciding whether to plant a vineyard. He is responsible for assessing prospective vineyard sites, creating detailed feasibility reports and analysis. Will designs and project manages each new vineyard, guiding the customer through the extensive process.
He 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 a number of years whilst attending selected viticulture and winemaking modules at Plumpton Agricultural College.
DipWSET, Foundation Diploma in Wine Business
HEAD OF RETAIL
Cherry has been with VineWorks for over five years and has built the 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.
Charles has been involved in vineyards for nearly 42 years.
His experience extends from the Cape Winelands, South Africa and California to owning his own vineyard and winery in the Dordogne. Back in the UK, Charles was a Vineyard Operations Manager in Essex before joining VineWorks as Senior Viticulturist. His aim is to share all the knowledge and experience gained over the years and wine regions with our customers.
BSc (Maths), PGDip Viti/Oeno
VITICULTURIST & VINEYARD ESTABLISHMENT CONSULTANT
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 our Establishment Consultant, Tom helped our clients choose suitable pieces of
land, manage planting days and oversee the installation of trellising systems for each new vineyard. Transitioning to the Viticultural 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.
Sally oversees all matters relating to financials, invoicing, credit
control and payroll.. She is a key player in upholding our commitment to excellent employment ethics by monitoring our adherence to the guidelines laid down by the Association of Labour Providers, (ALP) , The GLAA, and Stronger Together. As one of the first faces our new workers see, Sally has a vital role in guiding them through the induction period. She helps us, as a company, to prioritise employee satisfaction, making sure we have a happy, enthusiastic and productive workforce on our side at all times.
BSc (Hons) Earth Systems, DNO (Diplôme National d'Oenologue)
After finishing his masters
in enology in France, Patrick gained viticultural and winemaking experience in
Italy, Portugal ,France, New Zealand, South Africa and his home country, Malta. Drawn to the UK's growing wine scene, Patrick joined VineWorks in the spring of 2023 forming part of the establishment team. His main role is to run and manage
the trellising of vineyards, and to help with managing the planting days and assess the suitability of potential vineyards.
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.
BUSINESS SUPPORT OFFICER
Imre joined VineWorks in 2023 to provide retail and HR support to our team. He comes from the retail sector with over ten years' experience in sales and warehousing. Being fully bilingual in Romanian/English, he provides HR support to our viticulture staff, ensuring nothing gets lost in translation.
MA (Museum Studies),
BA (Classics), BA (Communications Studies)
BUSINESS SUPPORT OFFICER
Carolyn joined VineWorks in 2022 to provide support around HR, business planning and marketing. While new to the world of viticulture, she has decades of experience in the arts and heritage sector running venues, providing business development advice
and leading projects at senior management level.
LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION
We have years of experience working with all types of clients, from large-scale and small-scale wine producers to first time vineyard owners, and farmers looking to diversify their crop. We tailor our support to suit your needs.