The world’s first master’s degree in grapevine pruning in Bordeaux


This is the only course entirely dedicated to vine pruning that respects the sap flow.

You can now get a university degree in pruning at the University of Bordeaux, with the support of the recognized expertise of Simonit&Sirch for all practical aspects.

The Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV) and Simonit&Sirch – Maîtres Tailleurs de Vigne (the French branch of the Simonit&Sirch Italian company) offer this university course, with the certified recognition of the University of Bordeaux : the D.U.T.E.Diplôme Universitaire de Taille et d’Epamprage”.

This training course is unique in its kind, thanks to the perfect blend of the latest research of the ISVV and the solid expertise of Simonit&Sirch Pruninguys. The first courses will begin in October/November 2016, with both in-class and on-field activities. Lectures, that amount to 30% of the overall activities, will be delivered by teachers at the ISVV, and will concern the anatomy and the physiology of the vine, as well as plant pathology. Practical activities (70%) will be conducted by the tutors of Simonit&Sirch-Maîtres Tailleurs de Vigne. These will include the principles of the Simonit&Sirch method for pruning while respecting the sap flow, the different kinds of training systems, and the general management of pruning sites. It will also cover aspects of the practical implementation, with a focus on the methodology developed by Simonit&Sirch, the handling of the materials, and the evaluation of the quality of the work performed.

The Diploma is a 120 hour course, distributed in 4 weeks: the last week of October and the first week of November will be spent in the lecture halls and in the vineyards of ISVV in Bordeaux, in order to explain the method; one week of pruning practice in February in the vineyards of the companies where Simonit&Sirch applies their method (Medoc, Sauternes, Saint-Émilion, Grave); the last week week in April with the same companies, for the selection of the buds.

The D.U.T.E. is open to anyone over 18. Priority will be given to those already working in the wine industry and looking for a specialisation. Marco Simonit’s Pruning Manual, in its French translation, will be adopted as a textbook. Attendance is compulsory for all courses.


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