UPDATE 2: Both sessions are now fully booked. 

UPDATE: A new session at 12 noon has opened for registration. Viticulturists intending to attend this new session will need to register quickly to avoid missing out. The 8.30 session is now over subscribed.

Cowaramup Agencies is encouraging vineyard managers and growers to register for this event:


Convened by Mike Sleegers.

DATE                    Tuesday, 1 June 2021

TIME                     8.30am – 10.30am (FULL) & 12.00pm – 2.00pm

PLACE                   Margaret River Vineyard

ADDRESS             Lot 5 Clews Rd, Cowaramup

REGISTER AT  bridget@cowag.com.au with you name, vineyard and email address.

Pruning specialists and passionate vineyard growers Rémi Jacquemain and Tim Brown explain the principles of Poussard pruning, drawing on experiences of working in this area over the past 10 years.

The session will look at year one to production; the critical years for vine longevity.

Attendees will learn how the Poussard technique:

  • Encourages even sap flow
  • Facilitates less cuts and therefore less chance of vine disease
  • Reduces vine trunk disease through better pruning
  • Regenerates spurs and vines
  • Contributes to good vine health and therefore good vine yields


Pod coffee, tea and sweet and savoury selection to start

Rémi Jacquemain and Tim Brown introduced by Mike Sleegers, Cowaramup Agencies

40 min presentation with Q&A

Vineyard demonstration


Cowaramup Agencies thanks Thomas Deville from Bahco for sponsoring this session. He will attend to give growers the opportunity to try out the BCL 21 electric pruner and the BCL20IB cordless pruner.


Rémi has both a Viticulture Masters degree and Diploma of Oenology (Winemaking-Oenology Masters Degree) from Bordeaux University where he trained under some the world’s most important wine scientists. He also had eight years of work experience in Bordeaux, Beaujolais, and various estates in Australia before joining Place of Changing Winds in 2017. Rémi runs the day to day of the vineyard and cellars.


Tim started his viticulture career in 1990 at the Victorian cool climate organic vineyard, Virgin Hills in the Macedon Ranges and developed his skills and experience over the next ten seasons working with other producers in the Macedon region then at Lark Hill Canberra wine region. In 2000 he was vineyard manager at Rochford in the Yarra Valley for 5 years.

In 2005 joined Bindi as their first viticultural consultant and he still involved at Bindi today. His Viticulture consultancy has given him the opportunity to work with many new producers in diverse wine regions throughout Australia and recently in NZ. Much of this work has been in planning and establishing new vineyards that are all planted at higher density and established exclusively using organic farming principals 

Wine travel Since 2008 he has travelled each year on research trips to visit European wine regions (primarily Burgundy) but also including Loire, Champagne, Rhone and Barolo to meet and engage with wine producers, suppliers and viticulture researchers. This travel has helped build knowledge in areas such as high-density planting and best practice viticulture where organic and biological farming principals that are more widely used in Europe and regarded and key to growing quality site expressive wines.

Poussard in action














These photos from Tim show one of the trial sites the François Dal has been working on over the past 15 years in Sancerre.

He has been using the Poussard  pruning method side by side with classic pruning, this trial work has been replicated over several different sites to verify results.