I received the following question by E-mail this week:
Dear Mr. Puneet Dhall,
I am an Agricultural Engineer but now knowledge about wine making. I am in marketing of PVC pipes. It was all the time my dream to go in for some plantation/farming but could not, as the time passed I indulged in marketing.
Now, I once again, getting strong urge to get inot some plantation or related company. I was going through wine websites and became member of your esteemed magazine.
I would like to know, wether
" I will have any scope to enter in winery industry at this stage i.e. not as an owner but as an employee at senior administrative level. OR I wiil have to undergo some training first and then show my skills. Being an Agricultural Engineer, it will be very easy for me to grasp the subject."
I need your valued suggestions and guidance. I shall be highly obliged.
Here Was my initial response:
Many thanks for your mail.
Given your background – I think that you will be well advanced in understanding most concepts for Grape Growing for the purpose of Winemaking. Your knowledge of soils, climate and Disease pressure will make you a valuable asset to the industry.
There are some concepts that will be new to you for wine making i.e
- the requirements for low yield and high flavour concentrations per berry
- Specific Diseases
- Canopy Management and Trellising
- Assessing Optimal Physical Maturity
In order to further your understanding you can do this in three ways
1. Self learning – At your level a few choice text books will take you to an expert level – Two I would recommend are Dr Richard Smart’s Sunlight to Wine and
2. Indian Wine Academies – such as the Gargi Institute in Nasik – which provides courses and distance learning
3. Distance learning from Foreign wine Academies – Places of note are The Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand, Fresno University in Californis and The Charles Stuurt Univerity in Australia (previously Roseworthy) – All do distance learning, and of course provide on sight courses for a fee. If you want any further info on them please don’t hesitate to ask
Your age is no bar here, I know many people who have entered the field in there 50’s and 60’s.
It all depends how you want to progress – If you want to do something for yourself, or assist a company already in existence that may be near you.
Let me know your thoughts to continue this discussion