VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

AGR1VM

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on key aspects of the annual cycle of vineyard operations. You will explore physiological and environmental aspects relevant to yield and quality of grapes and wine. Vine physiology, nutrition and health will be considered along with the impact of climate and weather events, soil types, light, water and crop load on the harvest. Issues in vineyard management, yield and quality will be investigated and areas explored such as: selection of planting material including varieties, clones and rootstocks; pest and disease monitoring and control; pruning, training and trellising; canopy management; irrigation; soil and vineyard floor management; monitoring and use of fertilizers; frost and wind mitigation; timing and management of harvest and pest, disease and weed control including integrated pest management and quarantine.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE or requires Subject Coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions There is an optional 3 day field trip in this subject during the mid-semester break. The cost of accommodation will be borne by the students. Attendance at the field trip will have no impact on assessment.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA vineyard odyssey the organic fight to save wine from the ravages of natureRecommendedKiger, J 2013ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD, USA
ReadingsConcepts in wine technologyRecommendedMargalit, Y 2013WINE APPRECIATION GUILD, USA
ReadingsThe principles of practical vineyard management : keeping it simple#RecommendedVerhyden, M, Cole M 2005VINE LOCUM SERVICES, BLACKTOWN, NSW#.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and analyse the annual production management cycle of a vineyard

Activities:
Case study analysis with workshops will be used to explore the annual production cycle of a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.

02. Identify and manage the factors that have an impact on yield and quality of grapes and wine with emphasis on premium grape production

Activities:
Case study analysis with workshops will be used to explore the management of a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.

03. Evaluate the effects of environmental factors on grape and wine quality

Activities:
Case study analysis with workshops will be used to explore the effect of environment on grape and wine quality. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.

04. Investigate methods of avoiding or responding to adverse weather conditions

Activities:
Case study analysis with workshops will be used to explore the management of adverse weather conditions on a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions.

05. Describe and explain the Hazard assessment critical control point (HACCP) principles and their application in the modern vineyard and demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and environmental issues applicable to vineyard management

Activities:
Case study analysis with workshops will be used to explore quality processes of a vineyard. Student will use the Institute's vineyard for some sessions. Group discussion of ethical and environmental issues will be considered.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarisa Collins

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshop to be conducted at the Melbourne Polytechnic (Ararat) Campus"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshop to be conducted at the Growling frog Golf course vineyard (Yan Yean) "

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Nine 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Via Zoom online"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Oral presentation on management of pests and disease in vineyards (10 minutes, 500 words equivalent)10 02, 03, 04
2 x Practical reports (2000 words equivalent total)Topics are pruning & canopy management45 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Exam (2 hour, 2000 word equivalent)45 01, 02, 03, 04