‘Wineskills’ was launched by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, minister for food, farming and environment.
He unveiled the Wineskills plaque, which will be displayed outside the Wine Centre at Plumpton College, East Sussex.
Wineskills, supported by European Union and DEFRA funds, will encourage growth through regular practical workshops, monthly masterclasses (with international speakers), and an industry mentoring scheme.
Chris Foss, head of wine at Plumpton, announced the four industry mentors at the launch:
Peter Hayes, an international viticultural consultant from Australia, will advise the industry on grapegrowing and vineyard management.
David Cowderoy, the flying winemaker, will be advising on still wine production.
Jean-Manuel Jacquinot, from Champagne Jacquinot, will mentor sparkling wine producers.
Michael Paul, former MD of Western Wines, who brought us the Kumala and Cono Sur brands, will be the mentor advising on business management and marketing.