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We are the only international group specializing in
and accredited with manual vine pruning training. 



Founded about thirty years ago by the Italians Marco Simonit and Pierpaolo Sirch, with headquarters in Friuli Venezia Giulia and branches in Bordeaux, Napa Valley and South Africa, SIMONIT&SIRCH is the only international group specializing in and accredited with manual vine pruning training.
The teams work in the major wine-growing areas of the world, where they consult to 150 of the most prestigious companies and collaborates with many of the most renowned wine research institutes and universities. It teaches the SIMONIT & SIRCH pruning METHOD applicable to all trellis systems/ vine structural formations.

In 2009 it created the Italian Vine Pruning School, followed by Napa Valley Pruning School (Napa Valley College), UK Pruning School (Plumpton College), Rebschintt Schule (Hochschule GeisenheimUniversity) and the Hungarian Pruning School (Egger University).
In 2016, in collaboration with the ISVV, SIMOINT&SIRCH established the¬†DUTE Dipl√īme Universitaire de Taille et √Čpamprage in Bordeaux, the only university Master‚Äôs degree for pruning and shoot thinning selection in the world.

Marco Simonit¬†has published two Vine Pruning Manuals, dedicated to Spurred Cordon and Guyot. The French version of the latter, ‚ÄúGuide pratique de la taille Guyot ‚Äď Pr√©venir les maladies du bois‚ÄĚ, in 2018 won the¬†OIV 2018 International Award¬†in the Viticulture section.

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The international partnership and collaboration between VINE MASTER PRUNERS Academy by SIMONIT&SIRCH and FELCO is officially underway to promote the shared philosophy of improving vineyard life. Thanks to the SIMONIT&SIRCH vine pruning METHOD, the precision of the cut applied guarantees longevity of the vine, while FELCO through its pruning tools ensures that each cut is performed cleanly and precisely.

Learn more about FELCO