Italy: Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region

Travel to the historical heart of Italian wine culture to study wine history, sensory evaluation and production.

About the Program

Due to travel restrictions and safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not run this program in May 2021. We look forward to a successful program in May 2022.

This intensive Maymester course consists of a combination of lectures, field trips to vineyards and wineries, horticulture and sensory labs and is co-taught by professors from the Departments of Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Food Science and Technology.

Students of this program will study:

  • Health implications of wine consumption
  • Characteristics of different grape varieties
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Grapevine diseases
  • Pest management
  • Wine types
  • Steps in the winemaking process
  • Microbiological and chemical processes of vinification
  • Sensory implications of winemaking decisions

Since 1970 UGA has been hosting study abroad programs in the Tuscan hill town of Cortona.

During the Viticulture and Enology program, students will learn about the economic and historical significance of wine, and the science of its production, while experiencing the Italian culture. Students eat their dinners in a local, family-run restaurant and share dorm rooms in a renovated 15 century convent on campus.

At the end of this program, students will have a unique appreciation of Italian culture and the various components involved in wine production.

International Travel Scholarship

International travel scholarships are available to support CAES student travel to study abroad programs and international internship programs. Students may apply in one of two application cycles, according to their departure date. Students departing on an international program during the current fall semester or spring semester of the following year should apply between August 1 - November 1. Students departing during the Maymester or summer semester should apply between December 1 - March 1. Applications received by the deadline date will be given full consideration. This scholarship is supported in part by the Deans' Promise Fund.

Additional Scholarships for International Travel

Quick Facts

Dates: Maymester 2023

Estimated Program Fee: $3,000 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: PATH (HORT) (FDST) 3050

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Program Contact

Phillip M. Brannen Extension Fruit Disease Specialist
Plant Pathology