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The aims of this highly practical course are to provide fundamental practical vineyard skills and understanding to those working, or who wish to work, in a vineyard. 

During the course, a small group of students (max 6) will learn to complete key practical vineyard operations effectively, efficiently and safely. This will enable them to become effective vineyard operatives, and provide the foundation for future skills and knowledge development in viticulture.

Skill development includes: 

- Vineyard tractor driving

- Trellis establishment and maintenance 

- The identification of pests, diseases and other problems 

- Select, prepare, attach, utilise, clean and maintain key vineyard machinery:

- Canopy management

- Health and safety in the vineyard

Students will be continuously assessed, through observation, questioning and short multiple-choice tests, throughout the week. The results of this assessment will recorded on a certificate of competence, listing the operations that they have mastered during their programme.

The course is based at the Plumpton vineyards, which are situated near Scaynes Hill, 8 miles north of Plumpton College.

This course does not cover statutory requirements, such as NPTC Award in the safe use of pesticides PA1, First aid or similar

Entry Requirements:

This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in the subject.

People attending must have a valid driver’s licence.

Dates & Location:

Date: 11th - 15th June 2018

Location: Plumpton / Rock Lodge 


1 Week




  • Studying at Plumpton gives you the chance to enjoy time at the heart of the South East of England’s wine production industry.
  • We’ve got 10 hectares of vineyards producing 40,000 bottles of award-winning still and sparkling wines each year at Plumpton.
  • We’ve also got a purpose-built Plumpton Wine Centre which includes a commercial winery, research winery, laboratories and a sensory evaluation room for you to experience.
  • Combined with our team of international expert lecturers, you’ll certainly gain an excellent all-round experience at Plumpton.

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