2 full days in-person training @ The Peterston Tea Estate, Wales UK

This is a fully immersive, hands-on opportunity to learn how tea is grown, plucked and processed in situ, from the professionals. This is the first course of its kind to be held in the UK.

This course is open to all, regardless of experience but it counts as an elective masterclass that contributes to the Level 3: Tea Diploma. In addition, this is the only masterclass which also satisfies the need to visit a commercially viable tea garden, a compulsory element of attaining the Tea Diploma.

For more details about the Tea Diploma qualification, please see this page or email info@ukteaacademy.com

Lucy George at Peterston Tea Estate in Wales

Tea Growing and Black Tea Processing Masterclass

In-person training: 2 Full days @ Peterston Tea Estate, Wales

Open to all

This course contributes one credit toward your Level 3 Tea Diploma (and also fulfils the requirement to visit a tea garden), but is open to all.


The course will be held at Peterston Tea Estate which is situated on the outskirts of Cardiff, Wales. Established in 2015 on a five-acre fruit farm, this is one of a number of up-and-coming tea gardens in the UK and Europe. Tea is grown outside using agroforestry techniques and also in polytunnels; so this is a farm really taking a different approach to tea production. Already gaining a good reputation, their tea is sold by Fortnum & Mason and a number of independent tea shops.


Lucy George (Peterston Tea) will be leading the tea growing aspects of the course during the morning of day 1. Lucy is an experienced tea grower and tea expert having 1500 mature tea plants in the ground as well as a tea nursery. She runs the farm which also produces ice cream, soft fruit and kombucha as well as making 100% Welsh-grown green and black teas that are sold in Fortnum and Mason and around the world.

Beverly Wainwright (The Scottish Tea Factory) will be leading the tea plucking and making aspects of the course on the afternoon of day 1 and during day 2. Beverly has worked with tea since 2011 when she set up a small-scale factory at Amba Estate in Sri Lanka, producing world renowned teas that continue to provide a sustainable livelihood for the estate workers. She has since offered tea consultancy to a variety of growers and makers around the world, has set up several small scale factories and now runs The Scottish Tea Factory where she processes tea for Scottish growers and offers tea tasting experiences.



The course includes all tuition and course materials, the opportunity to pluck and process fresh leaf, a lovely lunch on both days, and a tea assessment and tasting at the end of the second day.



This course is an elective Masterclass that will contribute to the Level Three Tea Diploma, and also fulfils the requirement to visit a tea garden. However it is open to all, regardless of experience. If you would like to take the class out of interest and are not working towards your Tea Diploma, you are most welcome.



Day 1 schedule

  • Introduction to tea growing in Wales
  • Walking tour around Peterston Tea Estate
  • Tea propagation
  • Planting, pruning and fertilising
  • PowerPoint presentation covering the basics of black tea making
  • The basics of tea plucking
  • Plucking demonstration and tea plucking
  • Tasting of Peterston Tea Estate tea
  • Introduction to processing as tea begins its withering process
  • Opportunity to ask any questions

Day 2 schedule

  • A step-by-step guide to the processing of black tea
  • Demonstration of tea rolling using a mechanical roller and the opportunity to hand-roll some tea
  • Withering, oxidation and drying
  • All processing techniques will be hands-on in the factory area
  • Tasting and critically assessing the teas produced

Beverly Wainwright and Lucy George of Peterston Tea Estate will be on hand to discuss the processing and answer any questions that you may have.



Accommodation is not provided but we can give local recommendations if required.

There is a minimum number of course participants required to run this course, so we advise you not to book accommodation until we have confirmed that the course is going ahead.

There is limited public transport to the village so own transport is advised, but we can help with this so do reach out to hello@peterstontea.com to discuss further.



If you wish to continue studying for your Tea Diploma, you will need to take further courses at this level and you must have already completed both Level One and Level Two before the final qualification can be awarded.


For any enquiries regarding this course please email info@ukteaacademy.com

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