Definition of ampelographer in US English:



  • An expert in the study and classification of cultivated varieties of grape.

    • ‘A vine called Pedro Giménez is extremely important in Argentina but ampelographers believe that it is not the Pedro Ximénez of Spain.’
    • ‘Galet refutes earlier ampelographers' suggestions of a genealogical link with Pinot Noir.’
    • ‘It was therefore known principally as Clare Riesling in Australia until 1976 when ampelographer Paul Truel identified it as this relatively obscure French variety.’
    • ‘The Monferrato in Piedmont is frequently cited as the variety's birthplace, although the ampelographer Pierre Viala cites Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardy as its original home.’
    • ‘Galet maintains that Sauvignonasse is identical to Tocai Friulano but this is disputed by Italian ampelographers.’
    • ‘We cannot resort to tasting samples or nursery specimens; all we possess are classical texts written by authors who were not modern, scientifically trained ampelographers.’
    • ‘The ampelographer Alberto Alcalde at INTA, Mendoza, has made considerable progress in vine identification in Argentina.’
    • ‘Ampelographic studies have recently been facilitated by application of computers and electronic data storage and retrieval, but final identification still relies heavily on the judgement of ampelographers.’
    • ‘For many years no distinction was made between Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay since the two varieties can look very similar to all but the keenest ampelographers.’
    • ‘The wines are certainly extremely similar and the extent of the House of Savoy in the 16th century would provide an explanation, but several respected Italian ampelographers dispute this theory.’


Late 19th century: via French from Greek ampelos ‘vine’ + -grapher.