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Course description

The aims of this course is to provide a good level of knowledge and understanding of vinegrowing (viticulture) to those who wish to start growing grapes, work in a vineyard, enter the trade, or who have a strong interest in the world of wine.

During the course, vinegrowing theory is introduced in the morning classroom sessions, then put into practice during the afternoon sessions in the vineyard. 

The seven day course follows the vinegrowing calendar and allows a good understanding of vineyard activity over and eight month period.

Course Content

  • Evaluating and improving vineyard sites
  • Selecting vine varietals and winter pruning
  • Vine propagation and nutrition
  • Planting and trellising vines
  • Weed control and sustainable viticulture
  • Vineyard pest and disease management
  • Summer in the vineyard

The programme ends with a 30-minute multiple-choice exam.

The mornings are class-based theory sessions and the afternoons are practical sessions in the vineyard. Both are delivered at Rock Lodge vineyards, which are situated near Scaynes Hill, eight miles north of the College.

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

Please do not delay your booking – to guarantee your place, please book 2 weeks in advance of course date

Entry Requirements:

No entry requirements, but would need an interest in the subject area.

Equipment needed

The session includes practical activity, so requires students to bring:
• Good sturdy footwear such as Wellington boots
• Working clothes or overalls
• Wet weather gear

Dates & Location:
  • November 2021

9:15- 17:00

Rock Lodge Vineyard, which are located near Scaynes Hill, eight miles north of Plumpton College.

Duration:

7 days over an 8 week period 

Costs:

£885

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