Amber Valley Vineyards
Workshops & Masterclasses
We look forward to welcoming you on our workshops and guided tours. All workshops (and tours) are led by Barry, a knowledgeable vigneron who aside from being a vine grower was also the Chief Executive of the national body for vine growers and wine producers at United Kingdom Vineyards Association, now called Wines of Great Britain.
These workshops are designed for all sorts of people from gardening amateurs to professional horticulturalists to committed wine buffs and are designed to give you a flavour of how vineyard vines are grown, why they are grown in this way and how to adapt your growing systems to benefit your vines.
So whether you have 1 vine or 50, or just to expand your wine knowledge to gain a deeper appreciation of the wines that you drink, you'll learn something about vine growing and vineyards and the their magical end product - wine.
Winter Pruning Masterclass
Learn how to prune vines and apple trees and to maintain a Wildlife Site - essential skills for creating and maintaining a sustainable vineyard and orchard operation.
Dates: Friday 23rd November , Saturday 24th November, Monday 3rd December, Friday 11th January.
A day-long Masterclass, practical hands-on experience of the vital skills needed to maintain a vineyard to produce quality fruit and healthy vines. A tailored day that touches on other practical skills such as maintaining trellising, tying-down and pruning apple trees. Learn too, how a Wildlife rich vineyard and orchard benefits the plants and fruit as well as the environment.
A hearty, home produced lunch is included, with break time refreshments and a bottle of our wine to take away at the end.
Establishing a Vineyard
Learn what it takes to plant and establish a vineyard, including exploring site selection, vine types and the costs of establishing a vineyard.
Dates: Friday March 8th 2019, March 22nd
A half-day covering all the basics. If you're thinking about planting a vineyard, whether commercially or just for the home production of wine then this day could be for you. Mainly a classroom based session, learn in our lovely orchard location and taking forays into the vineyard to discuss practicalities such as trellising and vine management. Lunch and refreshments included. Sessions will require a minimum of 4 students to enrol before commencing.