Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the benefits of farming techniques involved with sustainable, organic and biodynamic winegrowing.
2. Differentiate between certified-sustainable, organic and biodynamic winegrowing.
3. Identify and describe how specific biodynamic vineyard practices can improve
fruit quality and overall vineyard health.
4. Explain the history and philosophy behind biodynamic practices in the vineyard.
5. Present a researched global example of biodynamic farming.
6. Clearly communicate the effects of healthy farming practices relating to biodiversity, resource management,and global warming.
7. Identify marketing trends relating to green business.
1) Introduction to farming strategies and techniques
2) Definitions; distinctions among sustainable, organic and biodynamic grape growing
3) History of biodynamics
4) Rudolf Steiner's pioneering philosophy
5) Specific biodynamic practices
6) Global perspective of biodynamics
7) Biodiversity - definition and how to achieve it in the vineyard
8) Hands-on exercises in biodynamics
10) Varietal typicity
11) How sustainable, organic and biodynamic practices enhance terroir
12) How sustainable, organic and biodynamic practices enhance typicity
13) Beneficial insects
14) Beneficial birds, raptors and other organisms
15) Ecological impacts of sustainable, organic and biodynamic practices
16) Natural resource conservation and grape growing.
17) Closed farming systems in practice
18) Biodynamic practices in other farming systems
19) Becoming certified; sustainable, organic and/or biodynamic.
20) Wine label requirements for sustainable, organic and/or biodynamically grown grapes.
21) Marketing changes in the wine business
22) Green business practices
23) Marketing strategies for sustainable and biodynamically grown wines
24) Wine tasting; contrast and discussion of certified sustainable, certified organic and certified biodynamically grown wines
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
60 - 70%
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
20 - 30%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Completion, Short answer.||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 10%
|Attendance and participation||
The World Atlas Of Wine, 6th edition, by Johnson and Robinson, 2008.
Instructor prepared materials