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Workshop: Optimising canopy management for vine balance, crop yield and quality (Surrey)

18 May @ 09:30 - 16:00 BST

Vineyard technical support


Tanhurst Estate Vineyard
Holmbury St Mary
Dorking, Surrey RH5 6LU United Kingdom
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This workshop will cover the principles of canopy and fruit zone management to achieve optimum vine balance – practices that make economic sense as they are key for grape quality and yield.

The workshop will focus on how to achieve an ideal vine canopy, including assessment of the canopy and evaluation of the timing and operation of different canopy management techniques.  These include bud rubbing, shoot selection, crown clearing, shoot positioning, trimming and leaf removal with the aim to optimise canopy performance – for fruit and wine quality, crop yield and disease management.

Learning aims and objectives:

  • Understanding the importance of achieving a balanced vine
  • Methods for assessing and controlling canopy vigour
  • Understanding the importance of light interception for photosynthesis
  • Understanding the impact of the microclimate on fruit ripening
  • Evaluating canopy management techniques and impact of operation timings
  • Considering the economics of mechanisation options
  • Understanding the Impact of shading on wine chemistry and quality
  • Understanding the importance of canopy dimensions, architecture and fruit to leaf ratios


Joel Jorgensen, Vinescapes Director and Viticulturist

Joel grew up in the Cape Winelands of South Africa and viticulture has been a life-long passion of Joel’s. He gained a BSc in Viticulture and Pomology from Stellenbosch University before being drawn to the UK’s flourishing and rapidly expanding wine industry. After managing a large organic and biodynamic vineyard in Hampshire, Joel spent several years as Operations Manager of a very successful vineyard contracting business. Joel is a self-proclaimed ‘vine nerd with muddy hands’ with a passion for sustainability in all senses of the word; from improving soil health, creating biodiversity, increasing vineyard longevity, improving efficiencies and creating the perfect ecosystem within the vineyard.  Joel strives to create the perfectly balanced vineyard and a healthy natural system that will deliver a quality crop every year and provide a sustainable return on investment.

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY (timings are approximate)

9.30am: Coffee on arrival

10.00am:  Start of theory session

12.30am: Lunch.   PLEASE NOTE: Trainees need to bring their own packed lunch.

1.45pm:  Start of the practical session

3.30pm:  Summary session

4pm:  Close

Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for the practical session
Packed lunch (coffee, tea, water and biscuits provided)



Tanhurst Estate Vineyard

Birketts Farm

Tanhurst Lane

Holmbury St Mary

Surrey, RH5 6LZ

Sat Nav- Use Postcode RH5 6LZ to reach Tanhurst Lane (N.B. Postcode centre point is midway along the lane at a property called ‘The Shiffolds’).  Birketts Farm is located at the southern end of the lane, downhill from The Shiffolds where the lane flattens out and emerges from woodland. If approaching from the Holmbury Road, the farm is approx. 0.3 miles from the junction, signposted on the left next to a telegraph pole.

Follow the farm track downhill for approx. 200 yards and the farm entrance is on the left where the track forks.


Park on the gravel driveway in front of the farmhouse and timber framed barn. Staff will be on hand to direct.


If you have any questions please contact Vinescapes by email: info@vinescapes.com or call 07939 900203.


18 May
09:30 - 16:00 BST


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Canopy management workshop - 18 May 2023
£ 165.00 plus VAT
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