Analysis of wines and vine sites in the world (2018/2019)

Course code
Giovanni Battista Tornielli
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Analisi enografiche 3 II semestre Mariano Francesconi

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Analisi territoriali 3 II semestre Giovanni Battista Tornielli

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Learning outcomes

Module: Environmental analysis (3 CFU). The course introduces the study of the relationship between genotype and environment in viticulture. Studies and classifies the elements of terroir as defined in viticulture for a correct interpretation of the concept to the prospects of producing terroir wines.


Module: Environmental analysis (3 CFU). Program of the module: International, national local grape varieties. Autochthonous varieties. Varietal wine or territory ones? The origin of the territories. Genotype-environment relationship: the concept of plasticity. The reasons for the typical unplayable. Rating terroir and the choice of areas. The approaches to the notion of terroir. Specific examples (case study) of grape/wine product territory identity. The knowledge of the climate and its relationship with the ecophysiology of the vine. Influence of terroir on grape ripening. Ripening, overripening, withering. Zoning and methods for its implementation.

Module: Enographyc analysis (3 CFU). General characteristics of the wine industry: quality indicators, elements of typicality and terroir.
Major Italian wine regions, production characteristics and wine tastings: Tuscany, Piedmont, Franciacorta, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Campania, Sicily.
French wine industry: production characteristics and main wine styles.
Central Europe wine industry (Germany, Austria, Hungary): production characteristics and main wine styles.
American wine industry: production characteristics and main wine styles.
Australian and South-African wine industry: production characteristics and main wine styles.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module Environmental analysis. The assessment of learning outcomes includes an oral test for both attending and non-attending students. The objective of the test is to ascertain knowledge of the subjects covered by the programme, also by the presentation of a case-study. The depth and breadth of knowledge acquired and the ability to link knowledge in a systemic manner will also be assessed. The oral test potentially covers all programme topics. The final evaluation shall be expressed in thirtieth.

Module Enographyc analysis. Oral exam to verify knowledge of the topics discussed during theoretical classes and tasting sessions. Exam results are given in fractions of thirty. No distinction will be made between students attending/non attending classes.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Analisi territoriali Mark A. Matthews Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing University of California press 2015 9780520276956
Analisi territoriali Fregoni M., Schuster D., Paoletti A., 2003 Terroir Zonazione Viticoltura. Trattato internazionale. (Edizione 1) Phytoline, Rivoli Veronese (VR) 2003
Analisi territoriali P.R. Dry and B.G. Coombe Viticulture Volume 1 – Resources – Winetitles 2000
Analisi territoriali John Gladstones Wine, Terroir and Climate Change WAKEFIELD PR 2012 978-1-862-54924-1