My career began in multi-national marketing, but both the politics and the pressure of juggling work and a young family drove me to consider a more creative, fulfilling and balanced path.
So I studied viticulture and winemaking at Plumpton College part-time (as have many other UK vineyard owners and workers) while my daughters were of pre-school age. The Viticulture & Oenology degree at Plumpton is the only one of its kind in the UK and just about prepares you to hold your own in the competitive, opinionated and divergent world of ‘expert’ vineyard and winemaking consultants.
Making wine is fascinating, and running the vineyard and winery is involving, fun (at times!), extremely hard work, nerve-wracking, stressful and challenging; but I am my own boss and can juggle the needs of my family with my family business.
As with most things, it is through hands-on practice that the complexities and skills of vine growing and wine making are mastered, and we are traversing the first steps of this very long path with creative exploration and commitment.
Albourne Estate is delighted to sponsor the recently opened Wine Research Centre at Plumpton College which will lead research into Viticulture and Winemaking in the UK.