Definition of viticulture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvidəˌkəlCHər/


1The cultivation of grapevines.
Example sentences
  • Those on the flatter inner edge are frequently planted in land more suited to agriculture than to viticulture.
  • The concepts of winemaking, viticulture, varietals and everything surrounding wine production in the Chianti Classico zone have been reborn.
  • Agriculture includes livestock-rearing, viticulture, and crops such as cereals, sugar beet, and potatoes.
1.1The study of grape cultivation.
Example sentences
  • Only when he was 36 did he decide to study viticulture and oenology in more detail, in Paris.
  • Early on, Shari went back to school to study viticulture and enology at the University of California, Davis.
  • Maybe you just have to get a book on viticulture to keep your grapes from going bad.



Pronunciation: /ˌvidəˈkəlCH(ə)rəl/
Example sentences
  • Winemaking technology and viticultural science have advanced to such a degree that talented winemakers can sometimes turn out fairly delicious wines even when nature is working against them.
  • When their viticultural efforts didn't meet with much success in the semi-arid Mexican terrain where agave thrives, the Europeans decided to compromise.
  • Most of the region's winemakers arrived here when it was still a viticultural frontier.


Pronunciation: /ˈvidəˌkəl(t)SH(ə)rəst/
Example sentences
  • It is grown in every wine region, bending as much to the wills of the viticulturists and wine-makers as to the influence of climate and terroir.
  • A fickle grape, it can disappoint the best viticulturists and wine makers, but - teeth gritted - they try again and again, blaming the wrong vineyard site, the wrong clone, wrong trellising, and so on.
  • To do this he went to France and recruited the best viticulturists, winemakers and architects for his new project.


Late 19th century: from Latin vitis 'vine' + culture, on the pattern of words such as agriculture.

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Syllabification: vit·i·cul·ture

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