Geoff Taylor heads up new viticulture group
A new viticulture consortium has been established to provide underpinning research to the rapidly growing UK quality wine sector. Headed up by Campden BRI’s Geoff Taylor, it comprises NIAB EMR and the leading UK vineyards Chapel Down, Nyetimber and Gusbourne.
The East Malling Viticulture Research Consortium will build on the industry’s existing achievements through focused research and development aimed at improving quality, reducing costs and creating a globally recognised UK science-based viticulture sector.
Geoff, who has been involved with the UK wine industry since 1988, commented: “Campden BRI is the approved laboratory for the UK’s PDO and PGI wine schemes. This privileged role has given us an almost unique insight into how UK wines have evolved, both technically and analytically, showing that these two disciplines are intrinsically linked.
As the research projects proceed, both grapes and wine will be produced that will require technical and sensory assessment; our experience will be essential to ensure that this work is performed to the highest standards.”