Viticulture is the science, production and study of grapes which deals with the series of events that occur in the vineyard. When the grapes are used for winemaking, it is also known as viniculture. It is a branch of the science of horticulture. While the native territory of Vitis vinifera, the common grape vine, is a band of area from Western Europe to the Persian shores of the Caspian Sea, the vine has demonstrated high levels of adaptability and will sometimes mutate to accommodate a new environment after its introduction. Because of this, viticulture can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
Posts about Viticulture
    • Oh. Thank. God!

      skip to main | skip to sidebar My viticultural-lifeline has not been severed. I had been afraid that with the retirement of Dr. Stephen Krebs, director of the viticulture programme at Napa Valley College (NVC) and guru of all things grapey, that I would be ever deprived of the opportunity to pick a real-life viticultural-legend.

      Vinsanity- 3 readers -
    • Harvard… Hum… Brodiaea, Inc.

      Harvard University, by any other name in wine country, is now called Brodiaea, Inc. When Harvard gets involved, we’re just off the normal beaten path. It’s been my experience that the learning curve is very long and steep for this industry. Investors want their profits today. The old adage of, “If you want to make a small fortune in the wine industry, start with a big one, ...

      Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 2 readers -
  • Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

    … and Europe, which is the physical location for not only being the cradle for civilizations, but also “this geography represents a unique fauna.” It has a biological diversity that is represented by 75 percent of the total number of plant species, which are entirely found in all of of Europe. Important aspects: Sixth largest grape growing area…

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 6 readers -
  • Deconstructing the Masseto vineyard: Irrigation management

    …This post is the final in a series that sought to characterize Ornellaia's Masseto vineyard using both publicly available data as well as reasoned supposition. Previous posts in the series covered soils, scion and rootstock, disease and virus management, training systems and pruning practices, and nutrient monitoring. This post examines irrigation…

    Wine -- Mise en abyme- 5 readers -
  • Concerning Merlot…

    … There seems to be a bit of buzz ramping up regarding Merlot in the blogosphere this week and I wanted to add my two cents. I was recently talking to a colleague about my concerns about Merlot disappearing from Napa. It seems every time you turn around someone else is pulling a Merlot vineyard to replant it to Cabernet Sauvignon. I really like…

    Nova Cadamatrein Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot- 4 readers -
  • Current Issues in Vineyard Health to be held at UC Davis Extension

    … Brought to you by the UC Davis Extension Department, the following is the day’s agenda and registration information for the ‘Current Issues in Vineyard Health’ course. It is going to be held this year in the UC Davis Conference Center, on December 2, 2014. According to Deborah Golino the director of the Foundation Plant Services Department…

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 10 readers -
  • Petit Manseng Impresses at the 2014 Virginia Wine Summit

    … on Monday, our group visited with noted Virginia and Burgundy winemaker and consultant Michael Shaps at his eponymous winery. Of the 22 wines Shaps shared with our group, both the 2012 and 2013 dry Petit Manseng were standouts. “More than most other varieties grown here in Virginia, Petit Manseng is made in the vineyard,” said Shaps. “The loose…

    Drink What YOU Like- 10 readers -
  • Douro: Diversité et Assemblages

    … Sur la scène vinicole, lorsqu’on évoque le Portugal la première chose qui vient en tête est le fameux Porto. La renommée de la région repose en grande partie sur ce vin fortifié. Au Québec (du moins), ce qui attire le plus l’attention depuis quelques années est la qualité et le bon rapport qualité-prix des vins provenant de la vallée du Douro…

    Julien Marchand/ Chez Julien- 3 readers -
  • Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

    … Let’s consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It’s also important to note that a study handed off to a university through a grant program…

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 5 readers -
  • Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

    … Like a duck gliding slowly, wings spread wide, feet reaching for landing on a pond, we are slowly coming to the end of an extremely fast harvest. Last week we saw extreme temperatures. Extreme cold in the mid 40s and extreme heat in the mid 90s. I have seen some vineyards in Calistoga with frost damage at this point and that only reconfirms my…

    Nova Cadamatrein Chardonnay- 6 readers -
  • Harvest 2014: Week 9 – So Where Are We Going to Put That?

    … After the events of last week, my thoughts are that we are pretty much finished with the normal ripening process for this harvest. We had another rain storm that dropped an additional 1/2 in of rain on Calistoga and thunderstorms on Friday that brought a massive hail storm and lightning to the valley. Luckily it doesn’t seem that any fruit…

    Nova Cadamatre- 1 readers -
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