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Duchess named new figurehead of UKVA

The Duchess of Cornwall has been named as the new president of the UK Vineyards Association (UKVA).

She takes over from Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who will become honorary lifetime president in recognition of his commitment to the UK’s wine industry.

The Duchess has visited a number of UK wineries, including Camel Valley in Cornwall and Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey. English and Welsh wine has been served at numerous royal events.

“We are delighted and honoured that the Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be our new president,” said Ian Edwards, chairman of the UKVA.

“Her support of this growing industry acknowledges the phenomenal growth in awareness of English and Welsh vineyards and wines. We are immensely proud of the achievements of many of our wines and are looking forward to continued success and increased volumes.

“I would like to extend, on behalf of the English and Welsh industry, our heartfelt thanks to Lord Montagu, whose unfailing support for our vineyards and wines stretches back decades.”

The UKVA is the central body for growers and producers of wine in England and Wales and keeps the industry informed of legislative and technical matters. It also advises on the best methods of viticulture and winemaking.

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