WineSkills Viticulture Scheduled Workshop

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Course description

This viticulture workshop explores the second most expensive and important manual intervention (after harvest) in the vineyard.

Through both theory and practical work in the field, this course will enable you to implement a balanced, effective and sustainable pruning strategy.


  • Recap on terminology and vine phenology
  • Aims and economic importance of pruning
  • Pruning during vine establishment
  • Can vs cordon pruming
  • How to select canes and spurs
  • How to calculate the number of buds to leave when pruning
  • Gentle pruning
  • Pruning equipment and machinery
  • Common pruning problems and misconceptions
  • Practical pruning in the field

Entry Requirements:

WineSkills workshops are best suited for people who have completed the Principles of Vinegrowing programme and/or have commercial vineyard experience.

Dates & Location:

Date: TBC

Time: 10:00- 16:15

Location: Plumpton


1 Day Session on Monday



The principles of vine growing was a hugely worthwhile course for me to do.

When completing my WSET Diploma I gained a lot of theoretical knowledge of vinfication and viticulture. I wanted to increase my practical knowledge of both of these, this led to working a vintage in Australia to help with my winemaking. However, rather than spend a year working in a vineyard I did the next best thing and saved a lot of time by taking the Plumpton course.

The course is a good split of theory and practical, the theory revised and supplemented what I learnt at Diploma but the practical side was all new to me and hugely valuable. There is no way other way to see how theory fits into practicality without actually stepping into the vineyard! It has been incredibly beneficial in my current study in year one MW. The vast majority of students however are doing the course in order to run their own vineyard and I really think this is a great way of preparing people to do this.

I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this course to anyone interested in learning more about growing grapes.

Mike Best

WSET Business Development Manager


  • 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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