Spurred Cordon Vine Pruner Course

The course includes on-demand video lectures about the Spurred Cordon vine training system and two virtual training sessions (winter pruning and spring pruning/canopy management) live from the vineyard with Marco Simonit. Completing the course will allow you to earn the ‚ÄúSPURRED CORDON VINE PRUNER‚ÄĚ certificate.
Carlo · 30 December 2020

After completing the SPURRED CORDON VINE PRUNER Course you will learn to critically observe the grape vine, its physiology and how it reacts to pruning. You will learn about traditional pruning systems aimed at controlling the vines’ development and the consequences thereof. You will also learn the fundamentals of the SIMONIT&SIRCH METHOD applied to Spurred Cordon and participate in two live virtual pruning lessons with Marco Simonit.

Total duration of the video materials of the course is of about 4 hours, including on-demand lessons and 2 webinars.

Enrolling in the Spurred Cordon Vine Pruner Course gives you:

  • Access to 6 on-demand lectures.
  • Access to the detailed video (25 minutes) of winter pruning practical training.
  • Access to the recordings of the 2 virtual training sessions on Spurred Cordon with¬†Marco Simonit.
  • Access to the¬†students’ helpdesk with the Academy tutors.
  • Possibility to earn SPURRED CORDON VINE PRUNER certificate by passing the tests that follow each on-demand lecture¬†and webinars, that allows you to access the subsequent level Courses (to be purchased separately).


The videos are available with audio in English. For English or French subtitles click the “CC” button in the lower right corner (subtitles not available for practical sessions).

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In this first chapter we analyze the behavior and the main physiological characteristics of the vine.
Then, through a virtual trip to some of the most important vineyards in the world, we retrace the history and evolution of viticulture: from the free and three-dimensional architectures of the past, we come to analyze the modern vertical shoot positioning systems.

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In this chapter we understand why a vine is pruned, and the consequences of pruning wounds in the perennial structures of the plant.
We then analyze the two pruning systems, spur pruning and cane pruning, taking into consideration the two most representative training systems: the Guyot and the Spurred cordon.

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In this chapter we give an overview of the structure of the grape vine, focusing on those of its parts that are important for an understanding of the following chapters.
From the hypogeal organs, or the root system, that develops below the ground to the epigeal organs, or shoot system, that develops above the ground. 

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In this chapter we see how a spurred cordon plant is structured and how man traditionally pruned it, analyzing the two main cutting techniques: the repositioning cut and the crown head.

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In this chapter we study the consequences of pruning wounds caused by the techniques of the repositioning cut and the crown head and what these entail within the structure of plants trained as spurred cordon.

Analyzing numerous cross sections, we then focus on the resulting trunk diseases and the causes of the premature deterioration of modern vineyards.

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In this chapter we discover the four fundamental principles on which the SIMONIT&SIRCH METHOD is based: controlled branching, continuity of the sap flow, crown cuts and spare wood.
Through the analysis of the cross sections, we understand the consequences of pruning on the perennial structures of the spurred-cordon trained plant, with the ultimate aim of having healthy and long-living vineyards.

Lesson Content

In this video Marco Simonit demonstrates applying SIMONIT&SIRCH METHOD while pruning Spurred Cordon-trained vines.

Lesson Content

This module encompasses pruning Spurred Cordon-trained vines with Marco Simonit, applying the principles of the SIMONIT&SIRCH METHOD.

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This module encompasses shoot thinning on Spurred Cordon-trained vines with Marco Simonit, applying the principles of the SIMONIT&SIRCH METHOD.

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Course Includes

  • 10 Lessons
  • 7 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate