AWE Member

Lewes, East Sussex


UK (excl N Ireland)


01273 890454


01273 890071


Available for

Corporate events, Club/Society tastings, Private tastings, WSET courses, Trade/Sommelier training, Wine tours

Other wine work

Wine research


Wine Business, Vine Growing, Wine Making, English Sparkling Wines,


Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Wine Business
Foundation Degree in Wine Production
BSc (Hons) Viticulture & Oenology
MSc Viticulture & Oenology
WSET levels 2, 3 & 4 (Diploma)
WineSkills Principles of Vinegrowing and Winemaking

Company Name

Plumpton College

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Plumpton College is Britain’s Centre of Excellence in wine education, training and research.

It is the only Higher Education Institution to offer undergraduate degrees in Wine Business and Production in English in Europe. Courses include the best practice from both the ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ World, and we have excellent contacts within the English wine trade and with wine producers in Europe. First offered in 1996, around 150 students attend these courses each year, and graduates from the Wine courses at Plumpton College have become:
• Vineyard managers and winemakers, both in the UK and abroad (including Australia, Canada, France and New Zealand)
• Wine buyers, importers, brand managers and sales accounts managers
• Wine tourism operators, wine journalists and wine educators
• Winemaking consultants and research scientists.

Short courses include intensive courses in wine production for smaller growers and vineyard employees, the full range of Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses and ‘bespoke’ courses and events for specific business requirements. We also offer an Apprenticeship course for those who wish to learn commercial vinegrowing ‘on the job’.

The Department’s training arm ( ) aims to up-skill the UK Wine Industry by providing short courses, masterclasses, mentoring, sustainability guidelines, and an on-line information resource. Over 500 people a year attend these events, which are delivered in all the wine-producing areas of England.

There are currently 12 members of staff in the Department Team, and the College has invested considerably in a nine-hectare vineyard and a purpose-built Wine Centre; which incorporates teaching facilities, laboratories, a commercial winery and a wine sensory evaluation room. The UK Wine Research Centre has recently been developed onsite to support post-graduate and research activities and establish an international reputation in these fields.

Staff teaching wine-related subjects who are involved with the corporate membership of the AWE are:

Chris Foss BSc (Hons), BTS (Viti/Oeno), PGCE, WSET Dip (Hons)
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Wine Division Curriculum Manager, Lecturer in Viticulture

Paul Harley (BA Hons), WSET Dip (Hons)
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Wine Business Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) International Wine Business

Dr Gregory Dunn
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Head of Research, and Programme Manager for the MSc Viticulture & Oenology

Tony Milanowski, BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Oeno.
Programme Manager, WineSkills industry training project
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Lindsay Holas MSc in Wine Business, Bachelor of Commerce
Lecturer in Wine Business
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Sarah Midgley BSc (Hons), GradDip Viticulture and Oenology
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Andrew Atkinson BSc (Hons), FdSc Wine Production, WSET Dip
Undergraduate Wine Production Manager, Lecturer
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