The basic course of the Italian School of Vine Pruning by Simonit&Sirch consists of four-day training activities, divided in two sessions: a winter session lasting three days, and a spring session, which lasts only one day. There will be an extra half-day gym class for pruners in 3 locations, Cormons, Suvereto and Conegliano, during the winter session.
The program includes both theoretical classes and practical exercises in the field, together with our Tutors. Winter pruning and green pruning are executed according to the Simonit & Sirch Method.
The course aims at showing the consequences of the pruning cuts, so that the 4 basic rules of Simonit&Sirch’s Method can be fully understood. The course also gives the opportunity to challenge yourself in applying different techniques in different situations. The teaching of a pruning technique, which considers and respect the physiology of the vine, is key to improving the structure of the perennial plant. This ensures high yield and longevity of the vineyard.
Active since 2009, the Simonit&Sirch Italian School of Vine Pruning has now 13 locations. The courses are open to everyone.
The basic course, with a winter and a spring session, is open to professional pruners, technicians, students, vine lovers, beginners, who will receive all the instruments to perform pruning with a new Method. Our motto is “the pruner is by the vine’s side”. The Simonit & Sirch Method can be applied to all vine training systems. It designs a technique for pruning, which respects the sap flow of the plant, thus improving its life expectancy. A plant with a healthy and vital stem will yield better vegetative-productive results than a plant with a wilt stem.
The Tutors of our School are technicians at Simonit&Sirch, “Trainers of Grape”, who operate in partner companies in Italy and abroad. For 6 months a year they train pruning teams of the most prestigious wineries in Italy and abroad. The school is an excellent opportunity to meet our experts and share 4 days of experience.
CAUTION: for every pruner “there’s no good or bad weather, just the wrong gear”, so please “gear up” for working in all weather conditions. Be prepared with proper clothing for the season: rainproof jackets, trekking boots, rubber boots, or safety shoes (whichever you prefer), spare shoes, and work gloves (preferably not too large).