Perfect your pruning skills with VinPro-course

Friday, 24 May, 2013
Vineyard workers can hone their pruning skills during a series of VinPro pruning courses in the respective wine districts from May to July.
The day-long course, at NQF level 1, is targeted at team leaders and supervisors of pruning teams, but is open to any vineyard worker. It includes the theory behind pruning, different pruning systems, as well as the choice and maintenance of pruning-shears. The course consists of 50% theory and 50% practical and is concluded with an evaluation and certificate to those who have completed the course successfully.

Jeff Joubert, VinPro viticulturist in the Olifants River district, is the course co-ordinator, with Gys Liebenberg of Felco, independent expert prof Eben Archer and the respective regional VinPro viticulturists as presenters.

VinPro encourages all wine producers to register their employees for this important course, especially so close to pruning time.

The dates are as follows:

Vredendal: 28 May

Wellington/Malmesbury: 30 May
Durbanville: 24 June
Franschhoek: 4 July

Worcester/Breedekloof: 3, 4 & 6 June

Bottelary: 10 & 11 June
Eersterivier: 12 June
Constantia: 13 June
Overberg: 2 July
Helderberg: 9 July

Robertson: 25 June

Klein Karoo:
Montagu: 26 June
Ladismith: 27 June

The registration fee is R300 per person; only 30 entrants can be accommodated per session. Contact Annamarie van Onselen at 021 807 3027 or e-mail for more details.

Caption: Jeff Joubert (VinPro viticulturist) explains correct pruning methods to vineyard workers during the 2012 VinPro pruning course.