VITICULTURE PROGRAM Basic Wine Grape Viticulture VIT 55 Spring 2011 Merilark Padgett-Johnson, Ph.D. Instructor Monday evening lecture 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Room 2004 Lark Hall Campus Phone: 707.527.4987 email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://online.santarosa.edu/homepage/mpadgettjohnson/ Office: Lark Hall 2093 Office hours: Mon., Tues., Weds. 10:30 AM– noon, or call/email for an appointment. . Course Overview: This course covers the basics of vineyard development and vineyard maintenance. The purpose is to provide an introduction to viticultural principles. Topics include history of grapes and wine, distribution of winegrapes and growing regions around the world, biology and anatomy of the grapevine, yearly cycle of vine growth, how soils and climate affect grape growing, cultivars, rootstocks, clones, propagation, training of vines, canopy management, mineral nutrition, soils and irrigation, pests and diseases, and methods to improve winegrape quality. Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to describe the grapevine’s yearly cycle of growth, list winegrape varieties, rootstocks; describe trellis types, pruning, training and canopy management techniques that are appropriate. The student will be able to identify common vineyard problems and suggest remedies. The student will be able to describe the entire process of grape growing from site feasibility determination, to planting and training a vineyard, to improvement of quality and harvesting fruit for a Sonoma County vineyard. Learning Materials: Textbooks: Required: Grapes, Creasy and Creasy, CABI, 2009. Electronic files of lecture material emailed to students from instructor Trade Journals: Trade Journals: Wines and Vines, Grape Grower, Practical Winery and Vineyard. Websites: www.sonomawinegrape.org Sonoma County Wine Commission www.rrvw.org Russian River Valley Winegrowers http://asev.org American Society for Enology and Viticulture http://www.cawg.org California Association of Winegrape Growers http://iv.ucdavis.edu Integrated Viticulture www.ngr.ucdavis.edu National Grape Registry www.piercesdisease.org CDFA webpage Pierce’s Disease research updates http://cesonoma.ucdavis.edu/viticulture717/ Sonoma County Cooperative Extension Course Requirements and Policies: This class meets only once per week; attendance is important and each student is expected to attend all classes. If the student has special circumstances that result in absences, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor. Otherwise, more than 2 absences may result in an “instructor drop”, but do not assume that you will be dropped; contact the instructor. The student is responsible for material covered in lecture, hand-outs, assigned readings and material covered during the field trips. There will be two mid-term exams and one final exam (not cumulative). Students must also write an original five-page term paper answering a viticultural question of his/her choice. Papers must be uploaded to turnitin.com and a hard copy given to the instructor. Students will also present the results of their research orally to the class on May 16th. Assignments submitted late will not receive full credit, a 10% penalty assessed each day late. Grading: Mid-term Exams (2) 48% Homework 4 % Final Exam 24% Term Paper (oral and written) 24% Vit 55 - Basic Wine Grape Viticulture Spring 2011 Week Dates Topic Activity / Reading 1 1-24 Course Orientation, Vocabulary, pp. 1-10 History of Grapes and Wine, Geographical Distribution 2 1-31 Climate, Degree Days & Growing Regions, pp. 29-43 Vine Structure, pp. 65-73 Yearly Cycle of Vine Growth 3 2-7 Vitis species pp. 11-28 Rootstocks, Cultivars and Clones 4 2-14 Trellises & Vine Support Systems, pp. 105-131 Vine Spacing Term Paper “Questions” Vine Training and Pruning Due 5 2-21 Washington’s Day Holiday - no class 6 2-28 Vine Training and Pruning (continued) Midterm Exam #1 7 3-7 Vine Physiology, Berry Development pp. 43-64, pp. 225-239 Maturity Determination and Harvest 8 3-14 Vine Propagation, Budding and Grafting pp. 91-96 9 3-21 Spring Break - no class 10 3-28 Vineyard Soils and Irrigation pp. 148-156 Measuring Soil Moisture / Vine Water Status 11 4-4 Field Trip to Shone Farm Vineyard 12 4-11 Canopy Management / Canopy Assessment pp. 139-147 13 4-18 Vineyard Development pp. 96-103 Midterm Exam #2 14 4-25 Vine Pests & Diseases pp. 131-138, pp. 185-223 Vine Pest & Disease Control Measures Integrated Pest Management Practices Pesticide Safety / Regulations and Compliance 15 5-2 Vine Mineral Nutrition pp. 163-173 16 5-9 Methods to Improve Grape Quality pp. 156-162, 175-184 Sustainable Ag, Organic, Biodynamic Practices 17 5-16 Oral Presentations of Term Papers Term Papers Due Hard copy and turnitin.com 18 5-23 Final Exam 6 PM 2004 Lark Hall The reading is from the required textbook: Grapes, by Creasy and Creasy. This schedule is flexible, and may change depending on availability of guest speakers and the field trip. The dates of the exams will not change. The midterms will be given on the days listed above after a brief lecture covering the evening’s topics.