D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Agraria
A.A. A.A. 2016-2017
Credits 6
Hours 54
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code LIB-L 3A562


The following topics are propaedeutic to the teaching: basic knowledge of botany, biochemistry, ecology.

Development of the course

The teaching course includes lectures in ppt (4 ECTS) classroom exercises (group and individual) and visits in the vineyard (2 credits). The teaching system also takes advantage to use of e-learning through the procedure of the Moodle platform. This platform includes: a) teaching materials structured in learning units; b) self-evaluation tests and results; c) Information and booking for visits; d) material for exercises.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

The course aims to provide knowledge related to the vineyard in its relations with the landscape and the natural environment, as well as adequate knowledge of genotype interactions, environment, cultural practices and human factors that underlie the territory viticulture. The course also allows capturing important information on the scientific basis of the origin denominations.

Applying knowledge and understanding:

The course gives competences and abilities needed to use the viticultural areas and for environmental sustainability: 1) capacity to identify and develop climate parameters and indexes to characterize the climate of a wine-growing zone; 2) good understanding of the interactions 'viticulture and environment' and 'viticulture and landscape' in order to identify environmental (temperature, water and radiative) and soil requirements of the vine; 3) ability to analyze the production disciplinary of the origin denominations.


a) making judgments: ability to identify the information and implement measures aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of wine production; b) communication: capability to transfer in a clear and comprehensive information, ideas, problems and technical solutions to interlocutors, either professional or not, representative of the various and specific competencies involved in the valorization of viticultural environments, environmental sustainability and production disciplinary of the origin denominations (agro meteorologist, biologist, chemist, soil scientist, etc.).


1. Course presentation. Preliminary information on the wine legislation (credits: 0.5 ECTS).

2 Viticulture and environment. Environment of cultivation, distribution of viticultural areas and environmental vocationality. The climate and climatic resources: Precipitation (useful rain calculating), temperature (normal hot hours, chilling units, GDH or growing degree hours, GG or growing degree-days) solar radiation (aspects related to photosynthesis), wind and air humidity. Vine environmental demands: thermal, radiative and water. Aspects of bioclimatic indices (Winkler, Gladstone and Huglin), net photosynthesis performance based on the needs of the vine, useful parameters for the calculation of a simplified water balance. Characterization of wine-growing areas. Adapting to the environment vines. Adaptation of cultivation techniques to the environment and to the vines (2 ECTS).

3. Viticulture and landscape: the soil morphology, tradition, evolution, seasonal variability and protection. Varietal wine growing. Viticulture of territory and the scientific basis of the origin denominations. Recognitions according to the Italian legislation. Definition and examples of DOP and IGT production. Zoning and precision viticulture. (2 ECTS).

4. The main wine-growing areas of the world, case studies on the viticulture of territory and analysis of the production disciplinary of the origin denominations (1 ECTS).

5. Climate change and viticulture. Prediction models (0.5 ECTS).


Development of the examination

Learning evaluation methods

The examination procedures will be an oral covering the topics developed in the course and practical exercises in the classroom and in the field.

During the course, there are also going to be available self-evaluation tests (e-learning mode), in order to provide the students useful information about their skill level.

Learning evaluation criteria

The student, during the oral test, will have to show: (a) knowledge and elaboration of the main climatic parameters used for the climatic characterization of a wine-growing zone; (B) knowledge and understanding of the interactions between the vineyard and the natural environment, so capacity to determine the environmental needs of the vine and ability in the definitions and functions of the main bioclimatic models used; (C) knowledge of the viticulture of territory and the scientific basis of the origin denominations.

Learning measurement criteria

The final mark is attributed in thirtieths. Successful completion of the examination will lead to grades ranging from 18 to 30 with honors.

Final mark allocation criteria

The oral examination consist of three questions concerning the subjects listed in the teaching program, each of ones will be quantified in the range 0 - 10.

The student will have to demonstrate: a) sufficient knowledge of topics; b) appropriate usage of technical terminology; c) ability in dealing with deductive reasoning that can make connections within the matter.

The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete overall knowledge and depth of the contents, exposed with complete mastery of technical language.

Recommended reading

AA.VV., 2012. ‘Arboricoltura Generale’. Patron - Bologna

Palliotti A., Poni S., Silvestroni O., 2015. ‘La nuova viticoltura’. Edagricole - Edizioni Agricole di New Business Media Srl. Milano


Tutorial session


Monday and Tuesday 10-11 am



  • C.L.T. - Scienze Forestali ed Ambientali (SFA)
  • C.L.T. - Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari (STAL)
  • C.L.T. - Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie Curriculum TECNOLOGIE AGRARIE (STA - TA)
  • C.L.T. - Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie Curriculum VITICOLTURA ED ENOLOGIA (STA - VE)

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