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MAIN Arrow to Wine Directory Wine Arrow to Oenology - the study of wines Oenology

Oenology or enology (pronounced "ee-NOL-owe-jee") is the technical term for the study of wine and wine making.

The root word comes from the Greek word Oeno, the name of the Greek wine god who had the ability to change water into wine.

Today, like modern beer brewmasters, oenologists are the go-to people for expertise in grape varieties, blending, fermentation, temperature, and other technical aspects of wine production.

Oenology is distinct from other more practical aspects of wine making, such as vine growing and grape harvesting, typically covered under viticulture. Oenologist is more of an in-house position that oversees making a quality product and promotes a winery's reputation long after last season's grapes have been picked.

If the title sounds like a jack-of-all-trades, it is. But training to become a modern oenolgist requires not only a higher education (a bachelor's degree with business and/or marketing courses) but hands-on training. Most oenologists begin their careers as a winery intern or by working as an assistant or lab technician.

Knowledge of grapes and the people who grow them, the science of fermentation, plant diseases, and the local weather are all part of a demanding job that is, by all accounts, never boring!

Later, a master's degree in oenology to study topics such as plant genetics, microbiology and chemistry to reach the level of a true winemaster.


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More about oenology around the Web:

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Oenologist.com
- Major directory to all things wine - including organizations and associations, trades shows and conferences, wine schools, eco-oenology and related topics.

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture - This organization focuses on the scientific and professional interests of the wine and grape industry. Some research papers are accessible online in PDF format. The links section features a very nice collection of industry resources.

American Vineyard Foundation - This organization supports research and their reports are available through an online search. The results linked to here are for "wine making." If you have another term or set of terms just enter them for a different set of results.

Practical Winery & Vineyard Magazine - The online publication that focuses on the practical, hands-on aspects of winery and vineyard operations. Some articles are available online without a subscription.

Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine Online - This top wine industry publication allows access to many of the archived articles through an online search as well as an index. They also list industry events and have an easy to use searchable database of USA and Canadian wineries.


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