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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall becomes president of UKVA

Published:  25 July, 2011

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association has announced HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, as its new president.

The Duchess of Cornwall takes over the position from Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who is retiring.

Her Royal Highness previously visited English vineyards Camel Valley in Cornwall and Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, where she was impressed by the quality of the wines.

The UKVA president is the figurehead of the UK wine industry body, and will be kept informed of legislation and all technical matters, and advised on best practice in viticulture and winemaking.

It also organises the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition which is judged solely by Masters of Wine.

Ian Edwards, chairman, says: "We are delighted and honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to be our new President."

"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."

Lord Montagu will become honorary lifetime president, in recognition of his long term dedication and commitment to the UK wine industry.