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  • n. The science of description and identification of grapevine cultivars from the genus Vitis

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The scientific description of the vine.


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From the Greek ἄμπελος (ampelos, "vine") and γραφή (graphē, "writing")


  • I didn't score very well in my ampelography test a few years back so I can't ID the variety though its not one of the classic red varieties I don't think.

    Vinography: A Wine Blog

  • Among other things, according to the science of ampelography, you can often tell what grape variety it is, especially if you get to see what a bunch of grapes looks like as well.

    Vinography: A Wine Blog


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  • ..for Virginia-based vineyard consultant Lucie Morton, a world-renowned ampelographer, it’s still crucial to know how to distinguish vines the old-fashioned way: by sight and touch. It took Morton years to learn ampelography, a skill that few viticulturists in today’s high-tech world still work to master. “It’s like speaking a new language: practice makes perfect,” she says. “Ampelography is really hard, and it takes a trained eye. I would compare it to what a sommelier goes through in identifying wines blind. It takes interest, practice, focus. You build on your knowledge, just like you do with wine tasting, layering your experiences.”

    April 30, 2017