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WIN2210 Viticultural Principles and Production

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Viticultural Principles & Prod
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 019905 - Food Science and Biotechnology
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Ursula Kennedy


Pre-requisite: WIN1101


This course is designed to provide an in depth theoretical background to the physiological function of the grapevine. Students build on topics in previous courses and gain greater understanding of the factors influencing vine growth and berry development and ripening of quality fruit, as well as gaining an insight into current viticulture research trends. This course also allows students to advance their knowledge of vineyard management through application of this knowledge to vineyard management.


This course provides students with an in depth understanding of the annual grapevine growth cycle and the importance of this knowledge to vineyard management, the processes of vegetative and reproductive growth and berry flavour and aroma accumulation and the influence of climate on these processes. It then considers the practices involved in yield estimation and vineyard management throughout different times of the year, including pruning, irrigation and nutrition management, canopy and vineyard floor management and ripening and harvesting of quality fruit. It offers an in depth investigation into the issue of vineyard pest and disease management and the importance of monitoring and recordkeeping. Emerging vineyard technologies are introduced.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify the major grapevine annual growth cycle;
  2. explain the process of grapevine vegetative and reproductive growth;
  3. describe the process of berry development and ripening;
  4. describe and compare the major compounds responsible for grape flavour and aroma;
  5. evaluate current research into viticulture
  6. discuss the factors influencing yield and quality;
  7. explain vineyard management practices through different seasons;
  8. critique advances in vineyard technologies;
  9. describe major vineyard pests and diseases;
  10. describe vineyard pest and disease management options;
  11. evaluate the importance of vineyard monitoring and recordkeeping.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Vine phenology, vegetative growth and primary reproductive growth 8.00
2. Berry development and ripening 8.00
3. Grape colour, flavour and aroma compounds 8.00
4. Climatic and managerial influences on vine growth and fruit quality 8.00
5. Factors influencing yield and quality 8.00
6. Establishing a vineyard 6.00
7. Vineyard management in winter - pruning and vineyard floor management 8.00
8. Vineyard management in spring - canopy and vineyard floor management, irrigation and nutrition 8.00
9. Vineyard management in summer/autumn - ripening and harvesting 8.00
10. Vine diseases, pests and disorders and their impact on wine quality 8.00
11. Disease and pest management, monitoring and recordkeeping 8.00
12. Global pest and disease management 6.00
13. Emerging vineyard technologies and current trends in viticultural research 8.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Dry, PR & Coombe, BG 2005, Viticulture, 2nd edn, Winetitles, Adelaide.
(Volume 1: Resources (vi).)
Dry, PR& Coombe, BG 2005, Viticulture, 2nd edn, Winetitles, Adelaide.
(Volume 2: Practices (v2).)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Gladstones, J 1992, Viticulture and Environment, Winetitles, Adelaide.
Ingels, CA, Bugg, RL, McGourty, GT & Christensen, LP 1998, Cover Cropping in Vineyard, Winetitles, Adelaide.
Magarey, P A, MacGregor, A M, Wachtel, M F and Kelly, M C 2000, Field Guide for Diseases, Pests and Disorders of Grapes for Australia and New Zealand, Winetitles, Adelaide.
May, P 2004, Flowering and fruitset in grapevines, Winetitles, Adelaide.
Mullins, MG, Bouquet, A & Williams, LE 1992, Biology of the grapevine, Cambridge University Press, London.
Nicholas, E P, Magarey, P and Wachtel, M 2007, Diseases and Pests, Winetitles, Adelaide.
Nicholas, P 2004, Soil, irrigation and nutrition, Winetitles, Adelaide.
Smart, R & Robin, M 1991, Sunlight into Wine: A Handbook for Winegrape Canopy Management, Winetitles, Adelaide.
The following periodicals may also be of value:
The American journal of enology and viticulture.
The Australian and New Zealand grape grower and winemaker (annual technical issue).
The Australian and New Zealand wine industry journal.
The Australian journal of grape and wine research.
Vitis: Journal of grapevine research.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 25 11 Aug 2021
Assignment 2 20 25 05 Oct 2021
Open Examination - Online 60 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. The date of the exam will be during the examination period and will become available during the semester. Please check the exam timetable once published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle).

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks..

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested by the Examiner, students will be required to provide a copy of the assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being received. The examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Date printed 21 July 2021