Only the students already enrolled in the Guyot or Guyot + Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER course may enroll in this course.
The course consists of the on-demand video lessons dedicated to the Guyot training system and the MasterClass video tutorials by Marco Simonit. Being enrolled in the course and having obtained the Guyot VINE PRUNER certificate, allows you to purchase the in-person practical training sessions and the exam.
Students who successfully pass the practical exam will receive the Guyot VINE PRUNER ADVANCED certificate.
With the Guyot VINE PRUNER ADVANCED course you will learn to manage the plants’ development starting from the first stages of growth and up to when they become established.
You will learn to apply the principles of the SIMONIT&SIRCH Pruning Method which allow for controlled branching, with detailed focus on the three phases of a vine plant’s development:
- Rooted cutting training and forming the trunk
- Setting up branching
- Branching development management
Total duration of the video materials of Guyot VINE PRUNER ADVANCED course is about 3 hours. It includes 12 video lessons and 9 video tutorials “MasterClass” with Marco Simonit.
The video lessons are available with audio in English. “Master class” videos have original audio by Marco Simonit with English subtitles. To activate the subtitles click the “CC” button in the lower right corner.
Enrolling in the Guyot VINE PRUNER ADVANCED Course gives you:
- Access to 12 on-demand lessons;
- Access to 9 video tutorials “MasterClass” by Marco Simonit: practical demonstration of winter pruning and shoot selection;
- Access to the students’ helpdesk with the Academy tutors;
- Option to purchase the Exam that consists of 2 sessions of a duration of about 4 hours each (only if already in possession of the Guyot or Guyot + Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER or Guyot + Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER certificate) and earn the CERTIFICATE of the Guyot VINE PRUNER ADVANCED level.
- Option to purchase a practical training session with our tutors (2 sessions dedicated to winter pruning and shoot selection, in total about 12 hours) to do practice and/or prepare for the exam.
Registration for 2022/23 exams and practical training sessions in Italy and USA is already completed.
Registered students will receive the information about the spring sessions in May by email.
Visit this page to see Italian spring dates. In the USA, Guyot spring session (Oregon) is scheduled for May 15th.
2023/24 exams and practical training sessions dates and locations will be available in fall 2023.
The dates of the spring sessions of the exams and practical training sessions are subject to change in the event of unforeseen weather-related events and/or unusual development of the plants. If you are unable to join the spring session, it will be possible to do it the following year or to change location.
In this chapter we will analyze the first phases of shoot selection after planting the rooted cutting. In this and following chapters three different classes of vigour, which we will be able to confirm during the winter pruning, will be described.
After having defined three different classes of vigour, we will start from forming the trunk of a weak vigour plant in the first winter after the rooted cutting is planted and then do the subsequent shoot selection in spring.
In this second chapter we will see how to form the trunk in case of medium vigour in the first winter after the rooted cutting is planted and then do the subsequent shoot selection in spring.
In this chapter we will see how to form the trunk in case of strong vigour in the first winter after the rooted cutting is planted and then do the subsequent shoot selection in spring.
In this chapter we will study a particular case. We will see a situation in which the buds are orientated laterally with respect to the axis and direction of the row in the trunk creation phase
In this video Marco Simonit analyzes a rooted cutting, planted during spring/summer season, that has developed its first canes. Then a demonstration of winter pruning on the first winter after the spring/summer season when the rooted cutting had been planted follows.
Marco Simonit analyzes a rooted cutting, planted during spring-summer season, that has developed its first canes. After having analyzed the plant and having made some considerations about the pruning best practices, he demonstrates how to proceed with winter pruning on the first winter after the spring/summer season when the rooted cutting had been planted, with the goal being preserving the sap flow that will feed the future trunk.
Marco Simonit demonstrates us how to proceed with the shoot selection on one-year-old plants. After having pruned the plant in the first winter, our goal is to select the young shoots that next year will shape the foundation of the trunk.
The trunk is a primary structure of the plant. Forming it correctly and preserving its functionality guarantees a long lifetime to the plant. In this video Marco Simonit shows us how to operate on the plants of medium and strong vigour to create a functional and long-lasting structure.
In the previous winter the young plant’s trunk was formed. During the spring following the trunk creation, Marco Simonit demonstrates us how to proceed with the shoot selection to guarantee development of the canes that will give origin to the future branches.
After forming the trunk, in this chapter we will concentrate on setting up the branches and introduce the concept of the spur with orientated buds. We will also do the spring shoot selection.
In this chapter we will see how to manage a particular situation in which the bud, from which one of the two shoots to be used to set up the branches is supposed to grow, would not germinate.
In this chapter we will analyze the development of the newborn branches. To promote their correct development, favorable for the sap flow, we will define the order of winter pruning and shoot selection operations.
In this chapter we will see the plant with two fruiting canes in the second year of branching. Once we set our goals and define the order of the operations, we will proceed to do the spring shoot selection.
In this chapter we will see how the branches in some years begin to progressively occupy the available space.
In this chapter we will analyze the plants with 15-year-old branches. We will set our goals and outline the work to be done for both winter pruning and shoot selection phases, illustrating various ways to manage fruiting canes bending according to the individual cases.
In this chapter we will see two examples of the plants trained as guyot, a unilateral and a bilateral one, of 25 and of 40 years. We will see how they have occupied the space having developed their branches and how we can manage fruiting canes bending.
To conclude our course about setting up and managing branches of a plant trained as guyot, we will analyze a particular case when no shoot that is possible to use to continue branching is present on the spur. We will use the sap pulling/calling technique to stimulate development of a bud that would fit for development of a branch according to the sap flow.
Setting up branches is a key phase for ensuring long life of the plants. Branching is the foundation of the SIMONIT&SIRCH METHOD. Marco Simonit explains how to work with the plants in winter that follows the trunk creation, operating on the canes that originate from it – the canes that will give origin to the secondary structures or branches.
After having set the foundations for the branches, it is necessary to select the shoots that would give continuity to what has been set in the previous winter. It is necessary to pay attention to the position of the young shoots in order to obtain well-positioned canes that will ensure correct pruning in the following winter. In this video Marco Simonit demonstrates how to proceed with the spring shoot selection to guarantee correct development of the secondary structures that have just been formed.
As the plants develop year by year, it is important to manage their branches in a way that would guarantee their controlled growth. In this video Marco Simonit demonstrates pruning practices that allow for correct development of the branches of 25-year-old plants.
In this video Marco Simonit shows us spring shoot selection on adult plants: the goal is to ensure correct and balanced development of the shoots and to follow the setting created in the previous winter for correct development of the branches.