Intensive 1 week course

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Do you want to learn more about vinegrowing?

Each day, vinegrowing theory is introduced in the morning classroom session, then put into practice in the afternoon in the vineyard. It is based on the seven-day Principles of Vinegrowing course, and enables students to gain a good level of knowledge and understanding of vineyard activities over a short, intense, period of time.

Topics include:

  • Evaluating and improving vineyard sites;
  • Selecting vine varieties and rootstocks;
  • Winter pruning;
  • Vine propagation and nutrition;
  • Planting and trellising vines,
  • Vineyard floor management and sustainable viticulture,
  • Vineyard pest and disease management,
  • Canopy management.

The course ends with a 30-minute multiple-choice test.

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.

Entry Requirements:

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

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

Dates & Location:

  • 14th February 2022-18th February 2022
  • 16th May 2022- 20th May 2022
  • 20th June 2022 - 24th June 2022

9.15 - 17.00

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


5 days



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