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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 theory sessions for this course will delivered in the mornings at Plumpton College Wine Centre, and most of the practical sessions in the afternoons 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.

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:

Option A Dates

Mon 19.11.18, Mon 7.1.19, Mon 4.2.19, Mon 4.3.19, Mon 1.4.19, Mon 13.5.19, Mon 17.6.19

Option B Dates                                                                                                                   

Mon 3.12.18, Mon 21.1.19, Mon 25.2.19, Mon 25.3.19, Mon 29.4.19, Mon 3.6.19, Mon 8.7.19

Time: 09:15- 16:15

Location: Plumpton College


7 day course, monthly on Monday.




  • 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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