Definition of viticulture in English:



mass noun
  • 1The cultivation of grapevines.

    • ‘The idea of biodynamic viticulture is not a new one, but there is a whole new generation of winemakers embracing the philosophy.’
    • ‘The Italian businessmen were interested also in co-operation in agriculture, especially viticulture, wine making, timber processing and the production of household utensils.’
    • ‘The agricultural industry based on orcharding has responded to urban growth and tourism through niche marketing including viticulture.’
    • ‘Producing wine actually involves two separate steps: the growing of the grapes, called viticulture and the making of the wine, called vinification.’
    • ‘Advances in viticulture and winemaking are such that acidification is much lower and its harmonisation is now almost undetectable.’
    • ‘It first gained prominence here after the Gold Rush, as legions of men who didn't get rich turned to agriculture and viticulture.’
    • ‘There are a huge number of people who have become simple opportunist investors in viticulture, most usually unfortunately, in the wrong places environmentally and especially with regard to water and salination.’
    • ‘Pretty much every aspect of Greek viticulture - from planting, to harvesting the grapes and pressing them, to storage and aging - was accompanied by splendid rituals.’
    • ‘Agriculture includes livestock-rearing, viticulture, and crops such as cereals, sugar beet, and potatoes.’
    • ‘The concepts of winemaking, viticulture, varietals and everything surrounding wine production in the Chianti Classico zone have been reborn.’
    • ‘The wide distribution of viticulture, the extensive trade in wines, their distinctive flavours, and the influence of French kitchen practice have all contributed to this.’
    • ‘At this time, problems in viticulture in Europe had damaged wine production, and the chief spirit of the time, brandy was in short supply.’
    • ‘The Romans brought viticulture there more than 2,000 years ago.’
    • ‘The mosaics depict key moments in Greek mythological history - in the House of Dionysus, for example, the god of wine is shown giving the secret of viticulture to Ikarios, the King of Athens.’
    • ‘The forum featured about 30 German companies operating mainly in the production of equipment for viticulture and wine making, in electronics, metallurgy and tourism.’
    • ‘Of more general interest, perhaps, is his account of the nascent viticulture of the poorer peasants on the cleared hillsides.’
    • ‘This latter variable, in various forms, is used extensively in agriculture, and in the wine industry for identifying suitable locations for viticulture.’
    • ‘The Cistercians settled on marginal land and revolutionised the forestry, cereal, viticulture and wool industries of medieval Europe.’
    • ‘Those on the flatter inner edge are frequently planted in land more suited to agriculture than to viticulture.’
    • ‘He discusses, in some detail, his philosophy of viticulture, his history as a farmer in France, and his vineyard practices.’
    1. 1.1 The study of grape cultivation.
      • ‘Maybe you just have to get a book on viticulture to keep your grapes from going bad.’
      • ‘Only when he was 36 did he decide to study viticulture and oenology in more detail, in Paris.’
      • ‘The University of California, Davis, in the midst of California's wine region, is a worldwide center for viticulture and food-science research.’
      • ‘During a class on viticulture, participants will be able to study in a vineyard.’
      • ‘‘The flower and composition of wine grapes is such a subtle thing,’ said Carole Meredith, a professor of viticulture and enology at the University of California at Davis.’
      • ‘Early on, Shari went back to school to study viticulture and enology at the University of California, Davis.’


Late 19th century: from Latin vitis ‘vine’ + culture, on the pattern of words such as agriculture.