About GTS

Grape to Shelf Consulting is a wine consultancy specialising in wine technical support for wineries, packaging sites, wine agencies and retailers to help them fulfill their due diligence requirements and ensuring wine consistency and quality.

Jenny Bond

As a student studying Agriculture and the Environment at university in Kent, I spent holidays working for Biddenden Vineyards in Kent. This sparked my interest in wine and so having completed my degree I travelled to Western Australia and worked a vintage. The full on madness of vintage, the fantastic wines and truly awesome beaches of the Margaret River got me hooked and soon after I travelled to New Zealand to study Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University.

Since then I have worked with wine in both production environments and for a UK supermarket as a Technical Manager. I have years of hands on practical experience from working in the New and Old Worlds in wineries and packaging sites old and traditional, brand new, small and large and in many different countries. I worked as Winemaker and Technical Director for the winemaking consultancy company Cellarworld International during which I worked on winemaking projects in many places including Chile, France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Moldova and Cyprus.

I left Cellarworld for a job as Technical Manager for beers, wines and spirits at Somerfield where I visited own label sites across the globe and worked with them to improve quality and safety standards. I also set up systems to track productions and constantly monitored quality and packaging and was involved in the development, set up and ongoing use of the first on line specifications for own label products which are now widely used by retailers.

I left Somerfield to set up my own wine technical consultancy business in 2006. I had gained an interest in the finishing and packaging of wine and it was becoming obvious that the technical demands from supermarkets were increasing. Producers, packaging sites, agents and others in the supply chain were under increasing pressure to demonstrate that their products were safe whilst retaining consistent quality and of course being cost efficient. The demands have only increased in an ever more cautious and cost conscious world. Someone had to help them through the minefield of demands!

I love wine and how varied it can be. I thrive on seeing a site improve and then striving to improve more. I enjoy the variety of my work and continually trying to achieve the best possible quality and safety in the finished product. And I understand the technical challenges facing the wine industry today.

I have an excellent knowledge of alternative packaging formats for wine and in particularly Bag in Box (BIB). This was augmented by my time as President of Performance BIB (www.b-i-b.com) from 2011 to 2015.

I am a BRC trained auditor and am HACCP trained.

Email: jennifer@grapetoshelf.co.uk

Phone: +44 (0)7809 432107