Dr Richard Smart hosts a weekend of viticulture

Vineyard specialist Dr Richard Smart is hosting a “Weekend of Viticulture” in Bristol this weekend.

Dr.-Richard-SmartThe weekend, which starts at 10am on Saturday, will look at a range of viticulture topics including, “Vineyard factors affecting wine quality”, “How to grow an icon wine” and “Vineyard management practices in perspective”.

Attendees will also visit the nearby Luke Ford Vineyard for a wine tasting and dinner. On Sunday attendees will also be able to put their questions to Dr Smart.

In a statement Dr Smart said: “There has been a good initial response to our first announcement and so we have decided to go ahead with the course, as we can anticipate more than the 25 minimum.

“We have been surprised at the extent of interest especially from Europe mainland, and even one from Australia. We anticipate a fun crowd and people will have the opportunity to make new friends in wine.

“I try to make my lectures fun and interactive, so be prepared.”

Anyone wishing to attend the weekend, which takes place at Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard in Redhill, Bristol, should register for a place by emailing registration@aldwickcourtfarm.co.uk or phoning Rob Lewis +44 (0)1934 864 404.

One Response to “Dr Richard Smart hosts a weekend of viticulture”

  1. mike mosesian says:

    Dear Dr. Smart;
    I am a grape grower from Calif growing wine grapes in greenhouse in Anchorage , Alaska. I would like to start a winery up here as we are the only state that does not have one as its too cool in the summer to ripen grapes outside. I have two growing location , one with sandy loam soil and the other is a gravel like clay soil. My vines are rather vigorous due to the soils high fertility. The greenhouse were used to grow bedding plants on benches and the nutrient solutions leached into the soil over many years so I use only clear water for irrigation. Some vines will be in their 4th year this spring. Iam growing Chardonnay, pinot noir, cab. sauv. riesling, sauv blanc, cab franc, and Zinfandel. All to determine what will do best. Altogether I have 500 vines. In England I read in your column that they use plastic coverings over their vines to increase heat in the summer. May I have some information about that as I would like to grow Marquette and Frontenac outside with plastic covering. Thanks for your help, Mike Mosesian

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Administrator

Ellis Wines
Hanworth, Middx, IU

Sales Support Executive

Davy's
London, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - Greater London

Maverick Drinks
London/M25 belt, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - North West

Maverick Drinks
Manchester, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - West & Wales

Maverick Drinks
Bristol, UK

Partner Manager – On-trade - South East

Maverick Drinks
Brighton, UK

Events Sales Executive

The Drinks Business
Central London, UK

Sale & Operations Manager

Marussia Beverages
Marylebone, London, UK

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2018

VinoVision Paris

Paris,France
12th Feb 2018

Vinisud

Montpellier,France
18th Feb 2018
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more