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Introduction To Viticulture

Learn to grow Grapes
A serious course for vineyard workers, hobby farmers, farm managers, amateur enthusiasts, or anyone working or aspiring to work in this industry.

Lesson Structure
There are 10 lessons in this course:
  1. Introduction Describe the nature and scope of the Viticulture industry both locally and world wide.
  2. Climate & Soils: Identify suitable climate and soil conditions for vineyard site establishment
  3. Selecting Grape Varieties: Select and evaluate appropriate grape varieties for different situations.
  4. Vineyard Establishment: Develop a procedure to establish a vineyard.
  5. Grapevine Culture Part A (Training & Pruning): Specify the techniques used in the culture of grape vines (Training & Pruning Grapevines).
  6. Grapevine Culture Part B (Weeds, Pests & Diseases): Specify the techniques used in the culture of grape vines (Weed, Pest & Disease Control).
  7. Grapevine Culture Part C (Irrigation & Feeding): Specify the techniques used in the culture of grape vines (Irrigation & Feeding).
  8. Improving Grape Quality: Explain different ways to ensure or improve grape quality.
  9. Harvesting & Selling : Specify procedure for harvest and post-harvest treatment and formulate market strategy for vineyard products.
  10. Wine: Explain the basic principles of wine making.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims
  • Choose an appropriate site for a vineyard.
  • Simple Soil tests
  • Measuring ph
  • Water content of soil.
  • Choose appropriate grape varieties for different situations.
  • Develop criteria to be considered when selecting which grape varieties to grow.
  • Devise a procedure to establish a vineyard.
  • Specify the techniques used in the culture of grape vines.
  • Specify a procedure for harvest and post-harvest treatment of grapes.
  • Formulate marketing strategies for vineyard products.
  • Explain the basic principles of wine making.