Managing vineyard diseases with Chris Foss

The workshop is being held at The Vintners Room on 2012-07-12 00:00:00, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:00.

This workshop is designed to help vineyard managers effectively control the key diseases found in UK vineyards.

By the end of the workshop, delegates should be able to:

• Recognise the symptoms of the principal pests and diseases in UK vineyards
• Understand how the three key diseases (powdery mildew, downy mildew and Botrytis) spread in vineyards and how this spread is affected by environmental factors
• Know how, and when, to monitor for these diseases
• Design a disease management programme utilising both pesticides and cultural methods of control.

Chris Foss, Head of the Wine Department at Plumpton College, inherited his passion for wine from his mother’s family who were wine producers in Bordeaux for many generations. After completing a Microbiology degree in the UK, he moved to Bordeaux to study winemaking and manage the family vineyard. During this period he worked at Chateau d’Yquem in Sauternes, Chateau Rozier in St Emilion and then became vineyard manager/winemaker of the GFA Leclerc vineyards, producing half a million bottles of wine a year. On his return to England, Chris became interested in education and established the Wine Department at Plumpton College. This Department now offers undergraduate courses in Wine Production and Wine Business and runs the Wineskills project, providing education and training to around 140 full-time and over a thousand part-time students a year. Chris has over 25 years of vineyard management experience, and has been delivering courses in vineyard pest management since 1988.

Venue Address:

The Vintners Room
Plumpton College
Ditchling Rd
Nr. Lewes, East Sussex