Does regenerative viticulture work in cool climates?

By Tobias Webb

In this podcast Sustainable Wine’s Toby Webb talks to Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, associate director of wine at the Dartington Trust. They discuss regenerative agriculture, how regenerative viticulture works in cool climates, and how all of this feeds into Justin’s work at Dartington, a centre for learning in arts, ecology and social justice based on a 1,200-acre estate in South Devon, UK.


Dartington will be running two viticulture courses in 2022 focused on putting regenerative agriculture into practice:

Regenerative Agriculture for Grape Growers – 21st/22nd March – £425

A two-day residential course designed for vineyards owners and viticulturists working in the UK to learn about the Regenerative Agriculture movement, and how it might apply to the improvement of soil health in a vineyard.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about some of the ecological problems associated with mainstream farming, and the solutions a regenerative approach can offer us. Together, we’ll explore best practices for growing delicious sustainable wine in the UK’s uniquely damp and cool climate, and discover how to steer the UK’s wine industry towards a more sustainable future.

You’ll have the opportunity to see regenerative growing in action on-site at Schumacher College, as well as enjoy a range of wine served with our dinner on Monday evening. Register here.

Introduction to Sustainable and Regenerative Viticulture – 30th May – 3rd June – £995

A 5-day course for those who are interested in viticulture, and would like an immersion in the theory and practice of different forms of non-conventional viticulture in the UK.

Attendees may be considering a career in viticulture in the UK, or already working conventionally, wishing to understand the alternatives to conventional farming.

A key objective of the course is to get everyone thinking about sustainability, and to equip attendees with the tools and resources to help them develop a more sustainable form of viticulture, with a positive impact on the planet and people. No experience necessary. Register here.


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About the author

Tobias Webb

Toby Webb is co-founder of Sustainable Wine. He is also founder of Innovation Forum, a leading platform for change in sustainable supply chains. He has spent 20+ years working in business and sustainability and has spent ten years teaching the subject at various London universities. He advises a number of companies large and small on sustainability. Businesses he has worked with include Patagonia, Interface, Bayer, SOK Group, Boots/Walgreens, Metro, Unilever, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Sainsbury’s, and many others. He co-authored the UK’s national CSR strategy for David Cameron from 2006-10. He has been organising events, advising, teaching writing, blogging and podcasting on sustainable business since 2001. His (non-wine) blog is at