Wine Word of the Week: Ampelography



By Kori ~ May 15th, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is ampelography.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Ampelography is the science of description and identification of the vine species vitis and its cultivated vine varieties. A volume of vine descriptions is also called an ampelography, the word coming from the Greek ampelos for vine, and graphe for writing.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Ampelography is the plant science concerned with identification and classification of grapevines.


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