Seminar course designed to introduce students to the world history and geography of grapes and their production. Emphasis is given to understanding the types of varieties of grapes, their general biology and physiology, and the environmental factors required to grow grapes including climate, geology, soil, and landscapes. In addition, the course covers basic aspects of vine growth development and training, trellis systems, and vineyard management. Intended for the student taking the Wine Business Certificate, but will appeal to anyone interested in wine. Course Objectives: The subject of wine has fascinated humans since its discovery. Over the course of millennia, countless lifetimes have been spent trying to master its irreducible complexity. This course aims to give a basic introduction to one of the two foundations of wine - the farming of the grapes. While often overlooked by consumers, critics, and even the winemakers themselves, an understanding of viticulture is critical in the production of quality wines. 

This course will cover the following:

  • The history of viticulture both globally and in Oregon. 
  • The important roles of geology, soil, climate, and topography. ● Grapevine physiology, anatomy, and nutrition. 
  • Vine training and trellising strategies. 
  • An overview of seasons in a vineyard. 
  • Farming philosophies including biodynamic and organic viticulture. 
  • Harvest parameters, grape contracts, and other business considerations.