MASTERCLASS - How to obtain good vine planting material with Helen Waite

The masterclass is being held at Plumpton College on Wednesday, 13 June, 2012, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:00.

Poor planting material will always grow into less productive vines, bearing lower quality fruit. However, it costs as much, if not more, to grow a poor vine than a good one and no-one can afford to have a vineyard that is under-performing. This masterclass will help you to select the best planting material and plant healthy and productive vineyards.

The following topics will be covered:

• How to tell a good vine from a poor vine
• How some nurseries produce high quality plant material
• Handling, preparing and planting vines for optimal performance
• The best way to manage vines during their first year in your vineyard

The day will include practical exercises in assessing vines, using the Plumpton College Wine Centre laboratory.

Helen Waite enjoys an international reputation for her research and expertise in grapevine propagation and nursery management. Previously a lecturer in Viticulture at Dookie College and Melbourne University, she is currently completing a PhD in grapevine propagation and proteomics at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Helen has already presented her work at many international conferences and industry workshops in Australia, South Africa, the US, Chile and Europe and is well known for her ability to solve problems and provide practical, cost effective advice for nurseries and grape growers.

Venue Address:

Plumpton College
Plumpton College
Ditchling Rd
Nr. Lewes, East Sussex