By Kori ~ June 18th, 2009.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is viticulture.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Viticulture is the science and practice of grape culture. Viticulture is practiced consciously by viticulturists, often instinctively by grape-growers or vine-growers. Practices vary enormously around the worldâ€¦.
For still wines, it is arguable that the viticulturist can have a greater impact on wine quality than the winemaker since so many of the factors affecting quality are viticultural. The belief that â€˜wine is made in the vineyard not the cellarâ€™ became increasingly widespread during the 1990s.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Viticulture is the study and science of grape growing for the purpose of making wine.
Filed under: Wine Word of the Week