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For all wine lovers out there- you can now study for a career in Wine

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There are people who like to have a couple of glasses of wine with dinner. Then there are people who love wine and could discuss their preferences with the waiter. And there are people who LOVE wine. And for them, there is Wine University.

Or almost. There is Plumpton College, which is currently the only institution in England to offer wine courses at university level, including the only European undergraduate degree in wine production taught in English and a Master’s degree in viticulture and oenology.

This year they are announcing a brand new course, designed for anyone who adores wine and wants a career in vinegrowing. The Advanced Technical Certificate in Viticulture is the equivalent of an A Level, aimed at 16-18 year olds but is open to all ages.

The course will educate students on the core practical skills and knowledge that they will need to make their dreams come true. There is also the opportunity to progress on to the Plumpton College Foundation Degree in Wine Production if the entry requirements are met.

The course will offer a variety of training, including how to work safely Tractor driving, and the use of other vineyard machinery; the basics of plant biology and protection from pests and diseases; key vineyard operations, such as pruning, trellising and harvesting. There is also a work-placement requirement, which students can complete in local vineyards. What a chance to secure a future job!

Tom Newham, vineyard instructor at Plumpton College, says: “With the rapid expansion of vineyard plantings in the UK, there is an increasingly high demand for skilled vineyard operatives. Plumpton College has taken the initiative by offering alongside our graduate courses in Viticulture & Oenology, a practical based viticulture course to train a future UK workforce. Working through the academic year, students will focus on the seasonal practical aspects of running a vineyard”.

So, if you LOVE wine and this course sounds like something you’d want to do, hurry up to the Plumpton College website. Applications open in September.  

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