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Four new forward-thinking degree courses unveiled

Plumpton College has announced a suite of sustainability-focused degree programmes alongside its validating partner, the University of Greenwich.

Top tips for tying down your vineyard

VineWorks viticulturalist, Sam Middleton, offers his advice on how and when to tie down canes in order to boost the health and yield of your vines.

£60k in grants available for regenerative farming projects

The Wine Society has launched a new climate and nature programme that encourages growers to adopt regenerative farming practices by awarding grants to individual projects. 

Could British sparkling wine production overtake French?

Scientists from the University of Warwick took on a challenge to explain how months of unseasonably wet and warm weather are impacting animal and wildlife hibernation patterns, buds flowering, food prices, and even sparkling wine.

FETF 2024: New horticulture items added to grants list

As applications open for the latest round of FETF, we take a look at a number of new eligible items for horticulture this year.

Millions of vines destroyed as Australian growers face overproduction

According to Reuters, millions of vines are being destroyed in Australia, and tens of millions more must be pulled up to rein in overproduction.

Future looks bright for Crouch Valley wine region

McNeill Vineyard Management says it is confident of a bright future for the Crouch Valley wine region. As the MVM team expands with two new hires, founder Duncan McNeill has a clear vision – which is for “Crouch Valley to become the next Central Otago or Oregon within the next 10 years.”

International Women’s Day: How women strengthen wine industry 

International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate women who have been advocating diversity and inclusion in the wine industry.

Financial boost for the fight against frost

An innovative frost forecasting and management project titled ‘Smarter forecasting, communication and management of frost risk in vineyards’ has secured over £300,000 in funding from Innovate UK and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Asian hornets could reduce UK agricultural yields

The British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) is warning vintners and fruit growers about the detrimental impact Asian hornets would have on agriculture if they became established in the UK.

Producing quality wine using biodynamics and ‘eggs’

After selling his IT business and taking early retirement, a chance meeting with Stephen Skelton at a conference convinced Nick Wenman that you could make great wine in the UK. In 2009 Nick planted Albury Organic Vineyard, finally fulfilling his dream of owning a vineyard and making quality biodynamic wine. Editor Rachel Hicks chatted with him.

Sizing up weed control options

A diminishing herbicide armoury combined with a drive towards more environmentally sustainable production methods is slowly changing the face of weed control in vineyards. Hutchinsons agronomist Rob Saunders runs through some of the main options.

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