Wine skills part time courses
Wine Skills is a training programme designed for those wishing to grow vines and make wine, particularly in cool climate areas, and for members of the wine trade and wine enthusiasts who have a strong interest in wine.
Drawing on the expertise of the Plumpton College wine team, Wine Skills provides training and knowledge transfer opportunities in order to encourage wine producers to:
- Grow grapes and produce high quality wine in an efficient and sustainable fashion.
- Market and sell their products effectively in domestic and export markets.
These valuable skills enable individuals and producers to compete on the world stage and to ensure the future sustainability of the industry.
Throughout the year many Wine Skills Programs and masterclasses will be available.
Principles of Vine Growing - Extensive & Intensive Varieties
The aims of this course is to provide a good knowledge and understanding of viticulture to those who wish to establish a small to medium-size vineyard, enter the wine trade, or have a strong interest in winemaking.
Principles of Wine Making - Extensive & Intensive Varieties
The aims of this course is to provide a good level of knowledge and understanding of winemaking to those who wish to establish a small winery, enter the wine trade, or have a strong interest in wine.
Principles of Wine Business
The aim of this course is to provide contemporary knowledge of the wine trade looking at distribution channels, tourism and consumer behaviour relevant to the UK wine industry
Principles of Sparkling Wine
The aims of this course is to provide a good level of knowledge and understanding of bottle-fermented/traditional method sparkling wine. This course focuses on the second stage of winemaking, tirage, secondary fermentation, disgorging and dosage. This course is suitable for anyone that has an interest in the subject.
Principles of Wine Sensory
This Wine Sensory course is to develop an understanding of the key components of wine and the sensory mechanisms which influence wine perception/tasting. Participants will explore and assess the major components in wine (e.g. sugar, acid, tannins) and their interactions.
Vine Nutrition Online Course
The first part of this workshop will enable you to recognise the different features of soil fertility & health. Then, through the evaluation of practical methods for measuring vine nutritional requirements, this session will enable you to design an effective and sustainable vine nutrition strategy.
This course is particularly suitable for vineyard managers and senior vineyard staff, as well as people interested in this key area of viticultural science.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 Award
A three-day intensive course (with exam on the morning of the fourth day) delivering an introduction to the world of wines and spirits. This course is designed for those with a keen interest in wine and other beverages, who wish to gain employment in drinks-related industries.