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Former Camel Valley winemaker takes job at Plumpton College

Published:  28 August, 2014

Former Camel Valley winemaker Sarah Midgley has been appointed as winemaker at the UK's wine education hub Plumpton College.

Former Camel Valley winemaker Sarah Midgley has been appointed as winemaker at the UK's wine education hub Plumpton College.

PlumptonSarah Midgley to head winemaking at Plumpton CollegeMidgley joins from Camel Valley in Cornwall, and alongside teaching winemaking, will also be responsible for the commercial side of the Plumption Wine Estate.

Midgley will be responsible for winemaking teaching as well as managing the commercial side of the Sussex wine estate.

Current winemaker Peter Morgan is retiring after 10 years and the college said it searched "worldwide [for his replacement], but ultimately, the best candidate was already based in England, being the assistant winemaker at the acclaimed Camel Valley estate in Cornwall".

Midgley studied her first degree in Biochemistry at Manchester University, and then took a graduate diploma in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. On her return to the UK in 2010, she was recruited as assistant winemaker at Camel Valley. She has also gained extensive experience working vintages in wineries around the world, particularly in Australia, New Zealand and California.

Midgley said she is "very excited about joining the team at Plumpton and meeting the combined challenges of winemaking, managing wine sales and instructing students in the winery".

She joins the wine team at Plumpton on September 8,  in time to prepare for the 2014 vintage.

Plumpton College is the only higher education institution to offer undergraduate degrees in Wine Business and Production in English in Europe. Its courses include learnings from both the Old and New World. It first offered courses in wine in 1996, and since then around 150 students attend these courses each year. Plumpton graduates have gone on to become vineyard managers and winemakers, both in the UK and abroad, wine buyers, importers, brand managers and sales accounts managers, wine tourism operators, wine journalists and wine educators as well as winemaking consultants and research scientists.