Gates open at 8.30am, Entry and parking is FREE
Viti-Culture 2019 offers visitors the opportunity to talk to rural planners, land agents, contractors and law firms, machinery and equipment innovators, manufacturers and supplies which in our view can be invaluable. Being able to chat to the experts about a new project without making a formal appointment to go and see them is really useful.
There are very few events where visitors can see not only the latest releases and machinery developments but have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of their Viticulture Projects and network with established award-winning growers all at the same time.
Whether you have an already established vineyard and winery, are looking to plant, or want to invest in your own production facilities, numerous exhibitors, from vineyard consultants, to land agents, specialist machinery dealers, winery equipment suppliers, agronomists, brand and packaging specialists, and professional service providers, will be attending the inaugural Viti-Culture to advise on every aspect of establishing and managing a vineyard, to producing, packaging and marketing the wines.
Throughout the day, visitors can take advantage of a lively and informative seminar programme taking place in the Lockton Marquee. Eight high calibre speakers, including Mark Driver, owner of Rathfinny Wine Estate in Sussex, will be covering a broad range of topics from ‘venturing into viticulture’, to ‘sustainable growth in a changing climate’ and ‘investing in the winery’. “I’m honoured to be part of the country’s first Viti-Culture at what is an extremely exciting time for English and Welsh wines,” said Mark Driver, who founded Rathfinny with his wife Sarah. “English and Welsh wines have come a long way in the last few years but there is still a long way to go before they achieve what I believe is their true potential. Events like Viti-Culture are an essential part of this process.”
In the Lockton Marquee, potential new growers, investors and the drinks trade will also be able to taste exactly why the UK viticulture sector is thriving as Vineyard Magazine will be pouring samples of the 50 most influential English and Welsh wines, as chosen by acclaimed-wine critic and Vineyard’s monthly wine columnist Matthew Jukes.
It is very easy to get to Plumpton College whether you travel by rail, road, air or ferry, with the journey taking you into the heart of the beautiful Sussex South Downs countryside.