Vineyard monitoring

The workshop is being held at Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, York on 2014-08-08 00:00:00, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:00.

This workshop will enable attendees to identify, understand and evaluate techniques and technologies used in vineyard monitoring and recording

Chris Foss, Head of Wine Department at Plumpton College, has over 15 years of vineyard management experience, and has been regularly teaching vine protection in the UK since 1988. He inherited his passion for wine from his mothers family who were wine producers in Bordeaux for many years. 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 dYquem 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 consists of 10 members of staff, offers 3 undergraduate courses, runs the WineSkills project and manages over 8 hectares of vineyards and a commercial winery. These provide education and training to around 140 full-time and over a thousand part-time students a year.

The secondary trainer is Jim Newsome. After a career in IT Jim graduated from Plumpton College in 2011 and has worked in vineyards all over the UK and France. He currently manages a vineyard in Kent and provides viticultural technology contracting and consulting through his company, Veni Vidi Viti Ltd. Jim is the author of several works on grapevine trunk disease and case studies into the application of precision viticulture technology in the UK. For more information see

Venue Address:

Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, York
Yorkshire Heart Vineyard,
Pool Lane,
Nun Monkton, YORK
YO26 8 EL.