Interest in English wine has never been so strong. There are now around 400 vineyards producing still and sparkling wine across the UK, from as far north as Yorkshire, right down to the Kent coast.

Kieron Atkinson, Founder of the English Wine Project, left the British Army in 2010 after nine years’ active service to start a new career in English wine. He completed the only UK wine production course and became Technical Advisor for the UK branch of the Rothschilds.

In June 2011 Kieron took over the historic vineyard at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire, where he looks after the site and produces multiple award-winning wines. There, Kieron conducts wine tours and oversees the development of the wine product to bring it to today’s widening market. In 2012 Kieron planted a third more vines on to the existing site at Renishaw, to up the yield and to provide a red grape variety, Rondo, which now produces a superb rosé and red wine.

In 2013 Kieron took on the lease of Welcombe Hills vineyard near Stratford upon Avon and looked after it for two years, during which he produced delicious wine from grapes grown there in the Avon Valley.
Kieron has entered and won each time in the Decanter World Wine Awards for his range of wines. His red, white, rosé and sparkling wines can be found in quality outlets across the region as well as on site at Renishaw Hall itself.

Kieron is also a viticultural consultant; advising on the establishment of new vineyards across the country, or supporting the improvement of existing sites.

In his spare time Kieron is a father of three, loves sport (though rarely gets to play it these days!), walks with the dog and of course, good wine…