Episode 84

ON THE VINE with Chris Boiling and Ian Beecher Jones

We talk about agriculture, we talk about horticulture – and now we should increasingly talk about viticulture as vineyards spring up across the British landscape, and the quality of home-produced wines not only improves year-on-year but are also scooping top international awards.

To discuss the growth of wine production in the UK, I’m joined by two wine afficionados who also, conveniently, have close links with BAGMA Chris Boiling is the editor of the associations house magazine, the BAGMA Bulletin and a respected wine journalist, wine traveller and wine maker.

Ian Beecher Jones was the Director General of BAGMA for 12 years from 1994 – 2006 before setting up his own agricultural consultancy. In 2017, he and his wife Tess established JoJos Vineyard near Henley on Thames and in September this year released their first batch of a white wine.


JoJos Vineyard

Chris Boiling website

Denbies Wine Estate

About the Podcast

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The farm and grass machinery business

About your host

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Chris Biddle

Chris is an experienced journalist specialising in the farm and grass machinery market. He has worked for a major tractor manufacturer and been a managing director of a farm and grass machinery dealership in the West Country.
In 1988, he launched trade magazine, Service Dealer followed by TurfPro in 1998, selling both titles to Land Power Publications in 2015.
He was editor of Landwards, the professional journal of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) from 2008 until 2019 and is the recipient of the 2020 IAgrE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Land-Based industry.
Chris lives in Salisbury with his wife Trish, and is an avid cricket fan and member of the MCC for over 55 years.