Wine production engineering and winery wastewater and waste treatment - IMPIANTISTICA ENOLOGICA (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
David Bolzonella
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I sem - 3° anno dal Oct 30, 2017 al Jan 31, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The module of “Wine process engineering (6CFU)” is part of the course of “Wine Process Engineering and Winery Waste and Wastewater Management” which is the core of the technological part of the course in Viticulture and Oenology.
In this module the student will receive the basic knowledge of the train of unit operation which operate in a wine making facility (destemming and crushing, press, fermentation, filtration ….) including the main operational parameters.
At the end of the course the student will have acquired the basic knowledge for the understating of a typical train of unit operation and the skills and language necessary to interact with specialist of the different sectors like engineers working in design and sizing of heat exchangers.


The main topics encountered in the module of Wine Process Engineering are the following:
- Introduction to fundamental knowledge of this sector (units, transport phenomena for mass, energy and momentum, heat exchange …)
- Grapes convey and architecture of a wine making facility
- Destemming and crushing
- Press and must production
- Fermentation: technological aspects of fermentation, materials, mixing, heat exchange and temperature control
- Solid/liquid separation units (flotation, drum sieve, membranes …)
- Thermal balance and heat exchangers
- Bottling
Beside the classroom activity also site visits will be organised at Borgo Rocca Sveva, Masi Agricola, Cà Rugate … in order to acquire some practical knowledge.
Fundamental textbooks, beside the class material, are
• “Impiantistica Enologica” di Nardin, Gaudio, Antonel, Simeoni, ed. Edagricole
• “Manuale pratico del viticoltore e del cantiniere” di Saracco et al., ed. Edagricole
• “Enologia” di Navarre C., ed. Hoepli

Assessment methods and criteria

The final examination will consist of both a written and oral parts. The written tests will be a multiple-choice test aimed at understanding the general level of understanding of students. Both theoretical and numerical exercise will be part of the exam. The test will be made of 30 questions, each one with vale +1 (if correctly answered).
Students who will pass the written test will have an oral exam dedicated to the evaluation of the specific knowledge of the technological aspects.
The final evaluation will be the average of both written and oral exams.