Wine and Wine Research

Plumpton College is Britain’s Centre of Excellence in Wine education, training and research, and It is the only Higher Education Institution to offer undergraduate degrees in Wine Business and Production in English in Europe. Our courses include the best practice from both the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ World, and we have excellent contacts within the English wine trade and with wine producers in Europe. First offered in 1996, around 150 students attend these courses each year, and graduates from the Wine courses at Plumpton College have become:

  • Vineyard managers and winemakers, both in the UK and abroad (including Australia, Canada, France and New Zealand)
  • Wine buyers, importers, brand managers and sales accounts managers
  • Wine tourism operators, wine journalists and wine educators
  • Winemaking consultants and research scientists.
Short courses include intensive courses in wine production for smaller growers and vineyard employees, the full range of Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses and ‘bespoke’ courses and events for specific business requirements. We also offer an Apprenticeship course for those who wish to learn commercial vinegrowing ‘on the job’.

The department’s training arm (www.wineskills.co.uk) aims to up-skill the UK Wine Industry by providing short courses, masterclasses, mentoring, sustainability guidelines, and an on-line information resource. Over 500 people a year attend these events, which are delivered in all the wine-producing areas of England.

There are currently 10 members of staff in the Department Team, and the College has invested considerably in an 9.5 hectare vineyard and a purpose-built Wine Centre; which incorporates teaching facilities, laboratories, a commercial winery and a wine sensory evaluation room. A UK wine research centre was built in 2013 in order to develop our post-graduate and research facilities and establish an international reputation in these fields.


Full-time courses

Course Name Level
Viticulture and Oenology BSc (Hons) degree HE(18+)
Viticulture and Oenology Masters degree HE(18+)
Wine Business Foundation degree HE(18+)
Wine Business Top-up degree (BA Hons) HE(18+)
Wine Production Foundation degree HE(18+)

Part-time courses

Course Name Level
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits SC
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits SC
WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits SC
The WSET Diploma at Plumpton College SC
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in Wine SC
Made to Measure Wine Courses SC
Principles of Winemaking SC
Intensive Principles of Winemaking (one week) SC
Principles of Vinegrowing SC
Intensive Principles of Vinegrowing (one week) SC
Viticulture and Oenology BSc (Hons) degree HE(18+)
Wine Business Foundation degree HE(18+)
Wine Business Top-up degree (BA Hons) HE(18+)
Wine Business Foundation diploma HE(18+)
Wine Production Foundation degree HE(18+)
Wine Production Foundation diploma HE(18+)