Wine grape producers can now enter their vineyard teams for a Vinpro training session aimed at summer practices in the run-up to harvesting.

The practical half-day sessions are held on the farm for no more than 15 persons.

“The summer training includes the basic functioning of the vine, objective of canopy management and different canopy management techniques, young vine development and common pests and diseases,” says Hanno van Schalkwyk, Vinpro viticulturist and coordinator of the training courses.

“Our team always picks up finer details during the training sessions, which broadens their knowledge. They often learn to apply the same techniques than on the farm, but it is supported by a logical, scientific foundation, which enables them to better understand the reason behind certain actions. Getting the same advice from different sources also enhances its credibility,” says Dirkie Morkel of Bellevue Wine Estate.

Each person attending the training will wear their own mask throughout the training, while the basic health measures will be adhered to, including taking attendees’ temperatures, washing and sanitising of hands, as well as maintaining social distance during the sessions.

Vinpro trained more than 1 000 persons in the course of last year, thanks to financial support from the Vinpro Foundation. Columbit became involved as a valuable partner this year.

The cost is R210 per person. Book a practical training session by contacting the Vinpro training office at 021 276 0429 or email


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