For the most part when we enjoy the lemon, pear and floral bouquet of our Chenin blanc (or when college students enjoy the red in their red wine) we usually don't think past the bottle. So who makes wine?
Let me throw these to words out there; oenologist and viticulturist.
Oenologist in simple english, is a winemaker. They have a bachelor's degree in Oenology (ee-nol-o-gee). The oenologist takes care of all the indoor aspects of winemaking. Following multiple processes of grafting that grape into your glass.
Then we have the viticulturist, which takes care of all the outside aspects of winemaking. From the vine, to the soil, to the precise picking time for optimal grape ripeness. Don’t overlook the viticulturist. Excellent wines are crafted in the vineyard. Prime quality grapes give the winemaker a great headstart to crafting amazing wine.
Brutal science, microbiology, soil science, viticulture and wine classes to name just a few, shape the average four year course. Although, I must add it wasn't all books... Friday afternoon wine tasting practicals were the best! It definitely oiled the engine for a good weekend.
Next time you're on your way to tipsy time; cheers a glass to the oenologist and viticulturist. They worked for months and in many cases even years, to give you that glass of “God’s nectar”, in your hand.
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