vi·​ti·​cul·​ture | \ ˈvi-tə-ˌkəl-chər, ˈvī- \

Definition of viticulture

: the cultivation or culture of grapes especially for wine making

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Other Words from viticulture

viticultural \ ˌvi-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rəl , ˌvī-​, -​ˈkəlch-​rəl \ adjective
viticulturally adverb
viticulturist \ ˌvi-​tə-​ˈkəl-​chə-​rist , ˌvī-​ \ noun

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Silver Oak boasts two locations: more than 400 acres of vines in Napa Valley and a leading-edge approach toward precision viticulture in Alexander Valley. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 Our expert guide struck the perfect balance between staggering viticulture knowledge and an irreverent wit to lighten what can be a self-serious activity. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kent Is Poised to Be the U.K.'s Napa Valley," 14 Sep. 2018 But as American viticulture becomes more and more sophisticated, underdog regions have grown increasingly interesting. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now," 29 Aug. 2018 Podere Le Ripi This winery in Montalcino is a stunning experiment in biodynamic viticulture from Francesco Illy, a third-generation member of the famous espresso-making family. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 That part will be not necessarily the best or the most expensive, but the wine that taps into the identity and history of viticulture. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine," 12 Oct. 2018 Today, however, women across Argentina are finding a foothold at every level—in viticulture schools, at wineries, in hospitality, and in government. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Meet the Women Changing Argentina’s Wine Industry," 18 June 2018 These are by far the most common varietals in California viticulture; the words suggest his opinion of the flavor of most of the wines. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Vintner’s Quest to Create a Truly American Wine," 14 May 2018 Well done to our phenomenal viticulture & winemaking team for their incredible hard work, the 2017 Chapel Down harvest is now complete! Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Is This the Wine That Will Be Served at Next Week's Royal Wedding?," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of viticulture

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viticulture

Latin vitis vine + English culture — more at withy

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