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Course description

The aims of this course are to provide a good level of knowledge and understanding of winemaking (oenology) to those who wish to start making wine, work in a winery, enter the wine trade, or have a strong interest in the world of wine.

During the course, winemaking theory is introduced in the morning classroom session, then put into practice during the afternoon session in the winery.

This seven-day course follows the winemaking calendar, and allows a good understanding of winery activities over a six month period

Content

Topics include:

  • harvest preparation
  • grape processing
  • must amelioration
  • alcoholic fermentation
  • red wine production
  • wine clarification
  • wine stability and packaging
  • sparkling wine production

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

Entry Requirements:

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

Dates & Location:

Start date:

Wed 29th August 2018

Time: 09:15- 16:15

Location: Plumpton College

Duration:

This course will run over 7 sessions on the following dates:

Wed 29th August 2018

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Monday 15th October 2018

Mon 26th November 2018

Monday 14th January 2019

Monday 11th February 2019

Costs:

£860

I chose the principles winemaking course, as well as the viticulture course, as I couldn’t fit in a full diploma around working my normal day job.

It was the perfect solution to get a week away while still cramming so much information in.

The setup of morning theory and afternoon practice was brilliant, really helping everyone experience the processes.

My aim was to get work back at home in Australia in the wine industry, which I did. 

Starting with a vintage at Domain Chandon (Moet Chandon Australia) and then moving into a cellar door tasting and sales role, able to talk to customers about the wine making process with experience and knowledge.

I also made many contacts through the process and the staff have always been more than helpful.

Plumpton was definitely the most enjoyable and stimulating study I’ve ever undertaken!

Nadia Pope

Principles of winemaking course

Facilities

  • 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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