Intensive 1 week course

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Course description

The aims of the course are to provide a good level of knowledge and understanding of winemaking to those who wish to establish a small winery, enter the wine trade, or have a strong interest in wine.

Based on the seven-day Principles of Winemaking course, this programme is particularly suited to those who wish to gain a good understanding of winemaking over a short, intense, period of time.

The theory is covered in the morning, while each afternoon practical activity is spent in the college winery


Topics include:

  • Preparing for harvest;
  • Processing grapes into juice;
  • Performing white wine fermentations;
  • Red wine fermentation;
  • Wine clarification;
  • Wine stability;
  • Packaging;
  • Sparkling wine production.

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

Dates & Location:


2nd July - 6th July 2018

Time: 09.15 - 16.15

Location: Plumpton College

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Location: Plumpton College



Plus £25.00 course materials fee

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


  • 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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