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Canopy management

18/05/2023 @ 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 vine balance and the relationship between the canopy and crop yield and quality The trainer will discuss methods for assessing canopy quality and evaluate the timing and operation of different canopy management techniques, such as shoot positioning, shoot selection, crown clearing, trimming and leaf removal, to optimise canopy performance and for disease management.

This is a beginner level workshop and is designed for those who have little or no experience of vineyard  canopy management.


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:  Theory session starts  (in the winery building at Tanhurst Vineyard)

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.


09:30 - 16:00 BST


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Canopy management workshop
£ 165.00 plus VAT
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