The history and impact of grape-growing in the New World will be presented and studied. Grape (Vitis) taxonomy (ampelography) and physiology will be studied as it relates to the Old World/New World wine growing. The physiology of fruiting and vegetative balance for managing wine quality in the vineyard will be studied in detail, especially as it pertains to cool climate and northern limit grape growing for premium wine quality. End product management and wine regions of the world will be briefly discussed.
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By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Discuss the role of many Vitis species in the development and maintenance of the modern wine market;
- Discuss the role of cropping/vegetative balance in a vineyard in terms of physiological principles;
- Discuss the relationship between vineyard management and wine quality, especially under challenging climatic conditions;
- Make better informed decisions about the role of ‘terroir’ and/or site selections in vineyard performance and perceived fruit/wine quality
- Develop a well-documented, critical discussion paper concerning a specific physiological aspect of the cultivated grapevine, using good
The history and impact of grape-growing in the New World will be presented and studied. Grape (Vitis) taxonomy (ampelography) and physiology will be studied as it relates to the Old World/New World wine growing. The physiology of fruiting and vegetative balance for managing wine quality in the vineyard will be studied in detail, especially as it pertains to cool climate and northern limit grape growing for premium wine quality. A short discussion of end product management and wine region of the world will round out the course.
Topics to be covered include:
Unit 1: Grape history
Unit 2: Anatomy of a grapevine
Unit 3: Developmental physiology
Unit 4: Soil and Terroir
Unit 5: Vineyard planning
Unit 6: Vine balance
Unit 7: Vineyard management I: The young vineyard
Unit 8: Vineyard management II: The mature vineyard
Unit 9: Vineyard management III: The problem vineyard
Unit 10: End product management
Unit 11: World wine regions
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test||Contribution to Final Mark||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
On-Line Quizzes (2)
20% (2 x 5%)
15% (2 x 5% + 5%)
35% (10% + 25%)
Comprehensive Written Exam
Some assistance to be provided for those unfamiliar with the scientific literature.
During the first three weeks, a topic of interest will be chosen by the each student, derived essentially from the topics of the various weekly units. Once chosen, a recent, peer reviewed paper will be assigned as the basis for the student major paper. The student will summarize an assessment of the content, including other opinions from the literature and develop an experiment to demonstrate an application to Ontario viticulture. This will integrate the lecture information with the science available in the literature and apply it directly to the local commercial environment.
- Wine grape production guide for eastern North America
Author(s): T.K. Wolf (editor).
Publisher: Natural Resources, Agriculture and Engineering Services (NRAES), Co-operative Extension, P.O. Box 4557, Ithaca, NY 14852-4557 (2008)
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Papers from the scientific literature as assigned.
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