Italy: Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region
Travel to the historical heart of Italian wine culture to study wine history, sensory evaluation and production.
About the Program
This intensive Maymester course consists of a combination of lectures, field trips to vineyards and wineries, and horticulture and sensory labs and is co-taught by professors from the Departments of Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Food Science and Technology.
Students of this program will study:
- Health implications of wine consumption
- Characteristics of different grape varieties
- Cultivation techniques
- Grapevine diseases
- Pest management
- Wine types
- Steps in the winemaking process
- Microbiological and chemical processes of vinification
- Sensory implications of winemaking decisions
Since 1970 UGA has been hosting study abroad programs in the Tuscan hill town of Cortona. During the Viticulture and Enology program, students will learn about the economic and historical significance of wine, and the science of its production, while experiencing the Italian culture. Students eat their dinners in a local, family-run restaurant and share dorm rooms in a renovated 15 century convent on campus.
At the end of this program, students will have a unique appreciation of Italian culture and the various components involved in wine production.
Students in the 2015 Viticulture & Enology Maymester on the balcony of a beautiful Tuscan vineyard
Students tour La Braccesca estate of Marchesi Antinori, located in the Cortona wine region. Students watched wine bottling and gained valuable knowledge from Lourenzo, the Antinori enologist.
Students are led through a wine sensory lab by leaders in the wine industry
Students and faculty during a visit to an Italian vineyard
Students log detailed sensory notes in their wine journals throughout the program
Morning viticulture and enology lectures are followed by afternoon sensory labs where students log detailed notes in their personal wine journals
Wine vineyards in Cortona, Italy
Visit the Roman ruins and other historical sites in the capital city
A barrel sample at the Baracchi Estate in the Cortona wine region