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CDBL
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March 11th, 2019, 8:40 am

Hey all,

Have decided to go back to college in July. Albeit for a 5 day intensive course at Plumpton agricultural college. Obviously gin would have been good but with everyone else's profit margins there wasn't enough left for me.

My very first taste of the industry was doing a feasibility study on setting up an English vineyard back in college. Circa 2005/6. Since then I've tried contracting to make wine and setting up an allotment vineyard. Both failed as didn't have the skills.

So I'm off to do a viticulture (vine growing) course. With the long term aim of having my own vineyard after I've done the course and got some practical experience, helping out on a local vineyard near me.

Not sure I'd ever make the wine. I know pinot noir grapes, even with an excellent harvest last year, were like hens teeth. And chardonnay they wanted £1,500 a ton. So could just be more the growing.

It's the less "sexy" side of wine. The wine making course is sold out whereas the vine growing course still has 16 places...
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March 11th, 2019, 9:22 am

Good luck with it Chris, hope something comes from it for you.
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March 11th, 2019, 9:33 am

Andy123 wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 9:22 am
Good luck with it Chris, hope something comes from it for you.
Cheers Andy. I've got a meeting with the Richmond fellowship to see if they can help me get the practical side sorted. They specialise in helping those with Aspergers and mental health difficulties.
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March 11th, 2019, 9:58 am

Good luck mate, one thing about yourself you dont give up. I hope all goes well for you.
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March 11th, 2019, 10:15 am

devo56 wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 9:58 am
Good luck mate, one thing about yourself you dont give up. I hope all goes well for you.
I try mate. Head full of random knowledge because of it :lol:
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March 11th, 2019, 12:31 pm

Well done and good luck mate
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March 11th, 2019, 4:43 pm

buster121 wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Well done and good luck mate
Cheers Buster
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March 11th, 2019, 7:00 pm

I really do admire you're drive and positive attitude Chris, many of today's youngsters could learn a lot from you.
Good luck mate I hope it all goes well for you.
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March 11th, 2019, 11:26 pm

Best of Luck with your coarse ;it takes guts to re train etc ; me my self claim to fame in the education dept ; was I skipped kindy & went straight into grade 1 ; then spent 10 years at school ;all of that in grade 1 lol ;then got into the work force ;the first guy I worked with had a Uni Degree ; he said to me one Day had I gone to Uni ;I said yes & had passed it twice ;he said what subjects ; I said none ; what do you meen he said ; I said i had passed it going & coming from Work lol ;cheers
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March 12th, 2019, 6:45 am

killer wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 11:26 pm
Best of Luck with your coarse ;it takes guts to re train etc ; me my self claim to fame in the education dept ; was I skipped kindy & went straight into grade 1 ; then spent 10 years at school ;all of that in grade 1 lol ;then got into the work force ;the first guy I worked with had a Uni Degree ; he said to me one Day had I gone to Uni ;I said yes & had passed it twice ;he said what subjects ; I said none ; what do you meen he said ; I said i had passed it going & coming from Work lol ;cheers
:lol: :lol: :lol: love it
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