The word viticulture is one you might consider while drinking your favorite Merlot or Pinot Grigio. After all, viticulture is key to wine’s existence. Viticulture is the study and practice of cultivating grapes, and some serious tending is needed to create a wine’s resulting bouquet. The viticulturist employs a complex science involving fertilization, irrigation, pruning, harvesting, monitoring pests, the shape of the vine, and the developement of the grapes and their characteristics. The practice has ancient roots reaching back to the Neolithic period.

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