A Plumpton College student has won first place in a South of England Agricultural Society’s competition for an assignment on fine wines.
Mature student, Inmaculada Ollero, was presented with her Level 4 Student Assignment Competition prize at the Autumn Show and Game Fair on Sunday, October 4.
The student was studying a degree in Viticulture and Oenology and, in her winning assignment, she studied four clones of Pinot noir from Burgundy grafted to four rootstock commonly used in cold climate wine making. The purpose was to find the most suitable combination for the production of outstanding still red Pinot noir in England.
The trial showed statistically significant results, shedding light for the first time that burgundy style wines may be grown in England.
Inmaculada said: “I wasn’t expecting to win this award at all - it’s so gratifying to receive it. I worked very hard, so I am really pleased it paid off.
“Four years isn’t really long enough for this kind of study, so I would love to carry on with the research if I can and Plumpton have encouraged other students to do so.
“I completed my degree in June and started to work full time at Ridgeview winery in July. I am really happy in my work – it’s a dream job.”
Chris Foss was Inma’s tutor at Plumpton College. He said: “Inma’s work has generated brilliant results at a relatively early stage in the rootstocks’ lives. She is admired for the amount of work she has done on the project and her dedication to the analysis.”
The runner-up was Natasha Sheehy, from Plumpton College, who studied the cognitive ability of domestic horses to recognise objects, based on shape and size alone within a short habituation period.
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