Regenerative Viticulture

How can vineyards benefit from the Regenerative Movement?


Sunday 7 – Tuesday 9 May 2023 


Justin Howard-Sneyd, Melissa Harvey, Nathan Einbinder


Dartington Trust, South Devon


Unless otherwise stated, our Short Courses are for adults 18+ years


Includes all lunches, suppers, field trips, materials and all teaching from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure.


(Or secure your place with a £150 deposit)


All the perks included in your course fee, PLUS breakfast and accommodation from the day your course starts to check-out on the morning of the day the course ends. (More info about accommodation can be found below.)


(Or secure your place with a £150 deposit)

About this course

The Regenerative Movement has had a profound impact on many forms of agriculture around the world, but it is only recently that we are learning what ‘regenerative’ means in vineyards.

Our course will explore what are the key principles underpinning the regenerative movement, and with the help of a number of vineyard practitioners in the UK and around the world, will explore which of those practices apply to growing healthy grapes.

The programme covers the basics of how soil functions, and how to assess and track soil health, and visits to agroforestry projects on and around the Dartington Estate. We will then discuss how to establish a vineyard with regenerative farming in mind, and techniques that can be practised in vineyards, to maximise soil organic matter and soil carbon, and to increase biodiversity while continuing to protect the crop from major diseases.

The evening discussions carry on over dinner, with the help of wines from producers exploring regenerative techniques.

We will also share tools and resources to help guide further exploration – podcasts, websites and books to read, and to encourage participants to form their own networks for further information exchange.

Participants on viticulture course
Course leader Justin Howard-Sneyd speaks at a wine course


Justin Howard-Sneyd

Justin Howard-Sneyd mw

Justin is a well known wine communicator and expert on a range of topics in the world of wine. He has spent 15 years as a commercial wine buyer including 5 years spent as the Head of Wine at Waitrose, and now consults to a wide range of wine producers, restaurants and wine businesses, as well as directing the program of wine events and courses at Dartington.

Melissa Harvey

Melissa Harvey

Melissa Harvey is a grower, horticulture teacher and facilitator. She is Assistant Lecturer for our Regenerative Food, Farming and Enterprise MSc programme.

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Nathan Einbinder

Nathan is course lead for our Regenerative Food and Farming postgraduate programmes. Before arriving at Schumacher, Nathan taught geography at San Diego State University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

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We recommend that if possible, you stay on-site during your course. All our courses are best experienced holistically: through studying, relaxing, eating and staying with other course participants, volunteers, staff and tutors.

When you book your course with accommodation this includes one of our hostel-style single rooms with shared facilities and easy access to your main learning space. They are the perfect base to rest your head, relax and recharge. You can find out more about the rooms here.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included throughout the duration of the course, each made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team.

Accommodation is available at a discounted rate for course attendees, and on a first come, first served basis only. Choose this option by selecting ‘Course Fee Plus Accommodation’ at checkout.

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optional: upgrade to a courtyard room

It is also possible, subject to availability, to upgrade your accommodation to a single or double en-suite bedroom in our beautiful and historic courtyard. An upgrade to a single room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £27.25 per night and a double room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £43.60 per night.

If you would like to upgrade, please first book with residential option included, and then contact our Guest Services team on 01803 847150 or email to check availability. Our Guest Services department is open daily, 8am–8pm.

Should you decide to upgrade to our en-suite accommodation, please be aware that this is 20 min walk, or 3 min drive, to the Old Postern site, where some of our courses are held. There is car parking available near to all venues on the estate.


You may like to stay on our beautiful and relaxing campsite, amidst the stunning rolling hills and ancient woodlands of Dartington. Find out more about the campsite here.

Should you decide to stay on the campsite, please be aware that this is 10 min walk, to either Schumacher College or Dartington Hall, where our courses are held. There is car parking available near to all venues on the estate.

Book now

Begin your online booking below. You will receive an e-ticket for this event. You are welcome to email us at with any queries you have. Full Short Course T&Cs can be found here >

If you place a deposit, you will be contacted by us four weeks before the course start date to pay the outstanding balance. You will also be contacted with full details about the course before you arrive.

Please note that in most cases bookings for all our Short Courses close at midday on the Thursday before the course begins. This enables us to give you the best possible course experience and ensures all bookers receive the relevant course materials before they arrive.

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

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