Intensive 1 week course

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Course description

The aims of this one week intensive course are 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 wine trade, or have a strong interest in the world of wine.

During the course, vine growing theory is introduced in the morning classroom session, then put into practice during the afternoon session in the vineyard.

It is based on the seven-day Principles of Vinegrowing course, and allows a good 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 theory sessions for this course will delivered in the mornings at the Plumpton College Wine Centre classrooms, and the practical session in the afternoons at Plumpton Estate vineyards, which are situated near Scaynes Hill, 8 miles north of Plumpton College.

Entry Requirements:

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

Dates & Location:

Date: 28th August - 1st September 2018

Time: 09.15- 17:00

Location: Plumpton College


1 week




  • 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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