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Getting the full benefit of Vineyard cover crops - WineSkills Masterclass

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Getting the full benefit of cover crops: How they can be used to improve production practices and reduce herbicide input.

Cover crops, either resident vegetation or selected species, are largely used in vineyards for multiple purposes including soil conservation, weed management, control of grapevine vegetative growth through competition for soil resources, and improvement of wine sensory characteristics.

This workshop explores potential benefits and drawbacks of cover crops on the vineyard ecosystem, vine vegetative growth, yield components, fruit composition, and wine quality.
This course is a combination of lectures, discussion, and experiential learning activities which are designed to assist wine grape growers to make informed groundcover management decisions.

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14th March 2017

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Dr Michela Centinari is an assistant professor of viticulture with Penn State University, US. Her research program addresses problems related to the economic and environmental sustainability of wine grape production in the eastern United States.  She specializes in cold temperature stress and how cover crops and canopy management practices impact grapevine physiology, grape and wine quality, and costs of production. Michela is originally from Italy, she received her PhD at the University of Bologna. Prior to joining Penn State University in 2014, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University where her research focused on the effect of root-zone management practices on above and below-ground grapevine growth and performance.


Entry requirements: WineSkills Master classes are best suited for people who have studied viticulture or have managed vineyards.

Equipment required: This session includes practical activity, so please bring suitable footwear, outdoor & all-weather clothing

Tutor: Dr Michela Centinari


Buffett Lunch is included.

This course takes place at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey (Postcode RH5 6AA)


Please note 10% discount is offered to anyone who is a UKVA member. To recieve the offer please email businessdevelopment@plumpton.ac.uk to receive the promotional code.