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

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.

CAES Experiential Learning Scholarship

The CAES Experiential Learning scholarship is available to CAES undergraduate students pursuing experiential learning activities. Eligible experiential learning activities include study abroad programs, internships, fellowships, service-learning projects, professional development, leadership-building programs and entrepreneurship. Students participating in both credit and non-credit experiential learning activities may apply. This scholarship is supported in part by the Deans' Promise Fund. Applications are open to all who intend to participate in Experiential Learning in Fall 2023, Spring 2024 or Summer 2024. CAES students may apply BEFORE a program runs and BEFORE they are accepted. However, scholarship money will not be awarded until the student is officially accepted and committed to the program, and in the respective semester. The first wave of applications will be due October 1, 2023. **Please note: this application is not intended for students applying to the following programs: Congressional Ag Fellows, Georgia Legislative Internship, Georgia Agribusiness Council Internship or the Winegrowers of Georgia Internship. Separate online applications are available for those programs.

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Quick Facts

Dates: Maymester 2024

Estimated Program Fee: $2,900 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: PATH (HORT) (FDST) 3050

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Program Contact

Phillip M. Brannen
Phillip M. Brannen Extension Fruit Disease Specialist
Plant Pathology