Definitions for viticultureˈvɪt ɪˌkʌl tʃər, ˈvaɪ tɪ-
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vit•i•cul•tureˈvɪt ɪˌkʌl tʃər, ˈvaɪ tɪ-(n.)
the culture or cultivation of grapes and grapevines.
Origin of viticulture:
1870–75; < L vīti(s) vine +culture
the cultivation of grapes and grape vines; grape growing
The agricultural practice of growing grape vines.
The old French farmer practiced viticulture and raised some of the best grapes in the world. He was knowledgeable in viticulture.
Origin: From vitis + cultura.
the cultivation of the vine; grape growing
Viticulture is the science, production and study of grapes which deals with the series of events that occur in the vineyard. When the grapes are used for winemaking, it is also known as viniculture. It is a branch of the science of horticulture. While the native territory of Vitis vinifera, the common grape vine, is a band of area from Western Europe to the Persian shores of the Caspian Sea, the vine has demonstrated high levels of adaptability and will sometimes mutate to accommodate a new environment after its introduction. Because of this, viticulture can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Duties of the viticulturist include: monitoring and controlling pests and diseases, fertilizing, irrigation, canopy management, monitoring fruit development and characteristics, deciding when to harvest and vine pruning during the winter months. Viticulturists are often intimately involved with winemakers, because vineyard management and the resulting grape characteristics provide the basis from which winemaking can begin. A great number of varieties are now approved in EU as true grapes for winegrowing and viticulture, due to better characteristics for diseases.
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