Plumpton Announces New Winemaker Position

Plumpton College, the UK’s centre of excellence in wine education, training, and research, is delighted to welcome Deepika Koushik as the new winemaker at Plumpton College.

Koushik brings a wealth of international academia and experience to the role, where, alongside teaching winemaking, Koushik will also be responsible for the commercial side of the Plumpton Wine Estate, producing award winning still and sparkling from the Sussex owned Vineyards. Koushik studied her first degree in Chemistry, Zoology and Microbiology at Bangalore University, and then took a Master’s in Applied Biotechnology with a specialisation in Fermentation Sciences from the University of Westminster. She then spent a year in locum teaching Industry Microbiology before gaining a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).

Following her studies, Koushik, spent a vintage working for Dehlinger Winery in Russian River Valley AVA, producing primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Subsequently she went on to work at Chateau de la Tour in the prestigious Clos de Vougeot, before moving to the UK to take a wine production position at Rathfinny Wine Estate, one of the UK’s foremost sparkling wine producers.

Plumpton’s current winemaker Ana Dogić, who covered Sarah Midgley’s maternity leave, will be leaving to go and work alongside winemaker & consultant Dermot Sugrue. The dynamic duo will work together to continue to drive the brand and reputation for Sugrue South Downs wines. Sarah Midgley has returned to Plumpton and will lead the development and implementation of the WineSkills Programme. Both Ana and Sarah will continue to consult Koushik on the production and development of the Plumpton Wine Estate wines over the coming months.

Koushik commented ” I am thrilled to be taking on this role at Plumpton Wine Division. I am looking forward to blending my love of teaching and winemaking to offer students a unique perspective on wine production and global innovations as well as implementing a strong academic and vocational foundation for students going forward.”

Greg Dunn, Head of the Wine Division commented. “We are really pleased to welcome Deepika to the Wine Division. She comes with a wealth of new skills which will greatly enhance Plumpton’s wine-related activity and continue to enable Plumpton to become a truly international centre of wine education, training, and research. The last seven years has seen Plumpton’s Wine Division enriched by a female force winemaking team and I am very excited to see what the next few year’s will bring.”

Plumpton College is one of the only higher education institutions to offer undergraduate degrees in International Wine Business and Production as well as a MSc in Viticulture & Oenology in Europe.

L-R Ana Dogic, Sarah Midgley & Deepika Koushik – Plumpton Wine Division

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