Plumpton College opens wine centre

Plumpton College opened its £0.5m Wine Research Centre last month. The facility is supported by the Rathfinny Wine Company and the Merrydown Trust.

The West Sussex college will research viticulture topics including soil and site physiology, automation and sustainability as well as wine making. It will also launch a one-year postgraduate MSc course in viticulture and oenology next year.

Meanwhile, Kent's Gusbourne Estate has floated on the AIM - formerly the Alternative Investment Market - of the London Stock Exchange following its acquisition by Shellproof. The newly formed Gusbourne is planning to double its current 40ha of vineyards over the next two years.


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