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Workshop: Optimise vine nutrition to improve vineyard productivity

07/02/2024 @ 09:30 - 16:00 GMT

Vineyard soil training


Vinescapes Ltd


Optimise vine nutrition to improve vineyard productivity

Understanding, monitoring, and managing vine nutrition is important for productivity, crop yields, fruit and wine quality.  Vines have certain nutrient requirements and deficiencies are common but not always recognised – and multiple deficiencies are hard to diagnose. This ’hidden hunger’ can limit productivity, affect the health of the vine and the quality of the wine.

This workshop will focus on nutrient management, include assessing nutrient status of the vine and ascertaining the best methods for supplying the vines requirements.  This may include improving soil health, to provide effective nutrient cycling and availability, considering cover crops, improving organic matter, and using fertiliser additions.

Learning aims and objectives:

  • Understand the micro and macro nutrient needs of grapevines for growth, flowering, fruit-set and other plant functions
  • Understand the methods for determining a vines nutritional status
  • Consider the level of nutrients exported at harvest and pruning
  • Interpret the results of soil and plant tissue analysis
  • Recognise the symptoms of the principal nutrient deficiencies in vines
  • Understand the influence of soil pH on nutrient availability
  • Understand the behaviour of nutrients (antagonism and stimulation) and importance of achieving balance
  • Considering alternative options to conventional fertilisers including compost, mulches and manures
  • Consider the options for vineyard nutrient management including soil health, cover crops and fertilisation.


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.

LEVEL: Beginner to intermediate

Carrying out vineyard tasks correctly is important to for productivity. These practical workshops are designed for those with little or no experience seeking to develop their practical skills.

£20 DISCOUNT for WineGB members and students (Plumpton College, Master of Wine, WSET), apply at checkout.

Code: WSWINEGB (WineGB members only)

Code: WSSTUDENT ((Plumpton College, Master of Wine, WSET students only)

EARLY BIRD book before Thursday 25th May for a £20 discount

NB only one discount can be applied.

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY (timings are approximate)

9.30am: Registration and coffee on arrival

10.00am:  Theory session starts

12.30am: Lunch (please bring a packed lunch)

1.45pm:  Practical session

3.30pm:  Summary session

4pm:  Close

Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
Pen and paper
Packed lunch


To be announced.


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


09:30 - 16:00 GMT


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