Viticulture practices and mechanization (2019/2020)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff

Learning outcomes

Viticultural techniques module: The course presents the different growing techniques in viticulture, examines the problems and effects on productivity and quality. In particular, the course examines how plant the vineyard, the different forms of vine training and pruning systems, techniques of soil management of vineyards, the techniques of irrigation, the mineral nutrition of the grapevine, particular reference to the systems of fertilization to soil and foliar, the canopy management and methods of harvest.
Mechanisation module: The course presents the most modern mechanical equipment for the technical management of the vineyard, from soil management, to that of the curtain, to harvesting and pruning mechanics.


Viticultural techniques. Lectures (4 CFU). The course of viticulture practices provides a part of lectures in which are discussed the various issues that concern the operational choices and procedures for the execution of the agronomic techniques in the vineyard. Tutorials (2CFU): practical exercises are carried out in the vineyard and in relation to the time in which phenological are held, we discuss the various aspects of plant-growing, cultivation techniques applied and the reasonableness or otherwise of the operations performed.
Mechanisation module (2 CFU): Mechanical means for soil improvement. Machinery and methods of intervention for cultivation operations in the vineyard: soil working, mechanical and chemical weeding, distribution of fertilizers and soil conditioners, distribution of pesticides, suckering. Machines for the easy and complete harvesting of grapes, for winter pruning.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final exam is oral for both students attending and non-attending and aims to verify the knowledge of the subjects analyzed during the course. The oral examination will focus on the topics covered in the lesson (available in the teaching materials distributed and in the reference texts). The teacher will ask at least three questions and the student will be assessed on the basis of: (i) knowledge and in-depth study of the topics dealt with; (ii) exhibition capacity; (iii) correctness of technical-scientific language. The oral test may have a maximum score of 30 points, possibly with honors. Training gaps will lead to an insufficient grade. The final vote will be represented by the arithmetic mean of the votes of the two modules.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Enzo Corazzina Coltivare la vite Edizioni L'informatore Agrario 2018 978-88-7220-353-8
Alberto Palliotti, Stefano Poni, Oriana Silvestroni MANUALE DI VITICOLTURA (Edizione 1) Edagricole - New Business Media 2018 978-88-506-5533-5
Iland P., Dry P., Proffitt T., Tyerman S. The Grapevine. From the Science to the Practice of growing vines for wine. (Edizione 1) Patrick Iland Wine Promotion Pty Ltd. Ed. Adelaide, Australia 2011 9780958160551
P.R. Dry and B.G. Coombe Viticulture Volume 2 – Practices Winetitles 1995 978-1-875130-01-6