WineSkills Principles of Vinegrowing


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Do you want to expand your understanding of vinegrowing?

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. Please note: the course focuses on cool climate grape growing. 

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 Plumpton College.

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

Course details

Dates & Location

6th November, 2023 - 17th June, 2024 (Session dates: 06/11, 08/01, 05/02, 04,03, 08/04, 13/05 & 17/06) - Fully Booked

20th November, 2023 - 1st July, 2024 (Session dates: 20/11, 22/01, 019/02, 18,03, 22/04, 03/06 & 01/07) - Fully Booked

9.15 - 16:15

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


7 days over an 8 month period 




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

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