WineSkills Principles of Winemaking

Intensive 1 week course

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Do you want to learn about how wine is made?

During the course, winemaking theory is introduced in the morning classroom session, then put into practice during the afternoon session in the winery. It is based on the seven day Principles of Winemaking course, and allows a good understanding of winery activities over a short, intense, period of time.

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.

The theory sessions for this course will delivered in the mornings at Plumpton College Wine Centre classrooms, and the practical session in the afternoons at Plumpton College winery. 


Course details

Dates & Location

12th February, 2024 - 16th February, 2024 -  Fully Booked

17th June, 2024 - 21st June, 2024 - Fully Booked 

3rd June, 2024 - 7th June, 2024 - Fully Booked

1st July 2024 - 5th July 2024

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Monday - Friday

9:00 - 16:15

Plumpton College Campus



5 days



Entry Requirements

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

Plumpton College is a truly unique place to learn about wine. Spending time in the winery and being able to use the machinery really helps add another dimension to your understanding.

I enjoyed the Principles of Winemaking course. In the morning, in the classroom there's a lot of information for you to absorb and in the afternoon you're in the winery, rolling up your sleeves and getting mucky.

You quickly realise that the lecturers have a lot of experience. And learning in a small group makes it's really easy to ask questions.

There was an interesting mix of people with a wide variety of backgrounds. Some wanted to start learning about wine and others, like me, are in the wine trade ( independent retail, selling to supermarkets, UK's largest bottling factory ) and a few people wanted a new career in wine production. Everyone seemed to be learning and enjoying it.

Before taking the course i'd read books on winemaking but never felt like I understood it fully. Now I feel like I have a much better understanding. The course has managed to pull together all the pieces of the puzzle.”

 Gavin Dealville is General Manager for award winning independent wine merchant Handford Wines where he works alongside two Masters of Wine. Before that he managed Harvey Nichols Wine department in Knightsbridge. In his spare time he runs, a job noticeboard that advertises fine wine vacancies for free

Gavin Dealville

Principles of winemaking

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