An Introduction to Wild Wines with Mike Knowlden, Perennial Wine at Crystal Palace Wine Club

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From early Summer 2024 we are delighted to be hosting courses with Mike Knowlden, Perennial Wine at Crystal Palace Wine Club.

What does the course cover?

Organic and Biodynamic Viticulture 

Always wanted to know what happens in the vineyards of organic wineries? And how does a winemaker have to do to become certifiably organic? From lunar cycles to the special alchemy of plants and manure, discover how biodynamic, and organic farmers navigate the fascinating world of sustainable viticulture.

What is Natural Wine?

The best winemakers will tell you that wine is made in the vineyard rather than the winery. They believe it's the job of the winemaker to guide grapes gently through to a wine, allowing them to express a sense of place. But what choices do winemakers have to make and how do these choices affect the finished wine? We explore these questions and more.

Sustainability in Wine

Thinking beyond the vineyard and winery, how does the wine we drink influence and effect the environment? How do we move beyond the traditional high carbon shipping methods and heavy glass bottles.


Whos it for?

This course is for anyone who would like to learn more about sustainable methods of viticulture. We recommend having a basic level of wine knowledge (WSET Level 1 or equivalent), but it'll be interesting and fun for the seasoned expert too!

This course can be booked as an add on to our WSET Level 1 or 2 courses for a combined price, please drop us an email for details to


Where is the course held?

We're lucky enough to call Crystal Palace Wine Club our home in South London. Crystal Palace Wine Club is a start-up wine brand based in South London running events/tastings, a wine & cheese shop, an online wine delivery service, a local wine subscription & more.

Price includes tea, coffee and a light lunch each day.

About Mike Knowlden

Mike is a wine educator who shares Wild Wine School's fervour for sustainability in wine. He holds wine events under the banner Perennial Wine, for both the industry and consumers. Mike has the Diploma in Wine from WSET, alongside a varied background front and back of house as co-founder of Blanch & Shock.

 Course dates

24th June 2024 at Crystal Palace Wine Club

September date TBC 2024 at Crystal Palace Wine Club


What our students say about this course...

"Excellent course with relevant and engaging information. Debbie clearly knows what she's talking about. I loved the passion and enthusiasm for natural/bio wines and sustainability" 

Jonny Much, General Manager at POTL Padstow


"Debbie delivered an engaging introduction to the world of organic, biodynamic and natural wines. The topics covered were thought provoking and have sparked my curiosity to want to learn more. The course is a great mixture of gaining knowledge and tasting exciting new wines. I'd highly recommend the course to anyone who has an interest in wines"

Katie Gray, LWC Wines


"A really interesting and engaging course that really made me think about the environmental impact of wine as well as educating me on the fascinating details of biodynamic viticulture. Thank you Debbie"

Kayley , FOH at New Yard Restaurant