School for Viticulture and Enology

Advanced Viticulture

This course is part of the programme:
Bachelor's programme in Viticulture and Enology (1st level)

Objectives and competences

The student is aquatinted with different viticultural practices and their impacts on the grape quality. The lectures are implemented with practical work in the field. Theoretical and practical knowledge enables him to choose the optimum technology in actual case.


Knowledge of plant biology and physiology.

Content (Syllabus outline)

  • grapevine propagation: selection, different method of grafting and propagations,
  • establishing the vineyard: choice of location, preparation of the soil, the comparison of the vertical and terrace grapevine planting on the slope, choice of grapevine variety and rootstocks;
  • training system and its impact on quality
  • pruning: pruning for training,
  • annual winter pruning, the response of the vine to pruning; summer or herbaceous pruning and its impact on quality;
  • fertilisation: chemical elements essential to plant growth, physiological diseases, rate and manner of applying fertilizers;
  • irrigation: water requirements, evapotranspiration, water systems
  • precision viticulture and remote sensing aplications
  • growing table grapes: the possibility of growing table grapes in Slovenia, particularity of ampelotechnic;
  • soil cultivation or permanent cover crop;
  • harvest organization;
  • ecological oriented viticulture practice

Field practice

Field practice are organized in different vineyards.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

- Various wine-growing technologies and the impacts of individual measures on the quality of the grapes

- irrigation and water management

Self-managing technology operations in the vineyard, adaptation given the situation in the field/vineyard and in the season.


Winkler, A.J.; Lider, A.L. 1975. General Viticulture. University of California Press: 710 s.

Jackson, R.S. 2000. Wine Science: Principles, Practice, Perception. Academic Press: 654 s.

Vršič, S.; Lešnik, M. 2001. Vinogradništvo. Ljubljana, Kmečki glas: 368 s.

Galet, P. General Viticulture. 448 s


Written and oral examination-

Lecturer's references

Associate professor for the field of Viticutlture at University of Nova Gorica.

Selected publications from last 5 years

1. PAJOVIĆ, Radmila, RAIČEVIĆ, Danijela, POPOVIĆ, Tatjana, SIVILOTTI, Paolo, LISJAK, Klemen, VANZO, Andreja. Polyphenolic characterisation of Vranac, Kratosija and Cabernet Sauvignon (Vitis vinifera L. cv.) grapes and wines from different vineyard locations in Montenegro. South African Journal for Enology and Viticulture, ISSN 0253-939X, 2014, vol. 35, no. 1, str. 139-148. [COBISS.SI-ID 4465768]

2. ŠUKLJE, Katja, BAŠA ČESNIK, Helena, JANEŠ, Lucija, KMECL, Veronika, VANZO, Andreja, DELOIRE, Alain, SIVILOTTI, Paolo, LISJAK, Klemen. The effect of leaf area to yield ratio on secondary metabolites in grapes and wines of Vitis vinifera L. cv. Sauvignon blanc. Journal international des sciences de la vigne et du vin, ISSN 1151-0285, 2013, vol. 47, no. 2, str. 83-97. [COBISS.SI-ID 4234600]

3. STERNAD LEMUT, Melita, SIVILOTTI, Paolo, FRANCESCHI, Pietro, WEHRENS, Ron, VRHOVŠEK, Urška. Use of metabolic profiling to study grape skin polyphenol behavior as a result of canopy microclimate manipulation in a 'Pinot noir’ vineyard. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, ISSN 0021-8561, 2013, vol. 61, no. 37, str. 8976-8986, doi: 10.1021/jf4030757. [COBISS.SI-ID 2828283]

4. BRATAŠEVEC, Kristina, SIVILOTTI, Paolo, MOZETIČ VODOPIVEC, Branka. Soil and foliar fertilization affects mineral contents in Vitis vinifera L. cv. 'rebula’ leaves. Journal of soil science and plant nutrition, ISSN 0718-9516, 2013, vol. 13, no. 3, str. 650-663. [COBISS.SI-ID 2943227]

5. STERNAD LEMUT, Melita, TROŠT, Kajetan, SIVILOTTI, Paolo, ARAPITSAS, Panagiotis, VRHOVŠEK, Urška. Early versus late leaf removal strategies for Pinot Noir (Vitis vinifera L.) : effect on colour-related phenolics in young wines following alcoholic fermentation. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, ISSN 0022-5142, 2013, vol. 93, no. 15, str. 3670-3681, doi: 10.1002/jsfa.6193. [COBISS.SI-ID 2721531]

6. SIVILOTTI, Paolo, BUTINAR, Lorena, STERNAD LEMUT, Melita. Leaf removal treatments as affecting Botrytis Cinerea occurance on Pinot Gris grapes from North Eastern Italy : results over four years of trials. V: QUEIROZ, Jorge (ur.). Proceedings, (Ciência e técnica vitivinícola, ISSN 0254-0223, vol. 28). Dois Porto: Estação vitivinícola nacional, 2013, vol. 28, tom. 1, str. 446-450. [COBISS.SI-ID 2816251]

tipologija 1.08 -> 1.01

7. BIGOT, Giovanni, BIGOT, Lorenzo, BRAGATO, Gilberto, FRECCERO, Alessandro, MOSETTI, Davide, STECCHINA, Michele, LUJAN, Carlos, SIVILOTTI, Paolo. Within vineyard variability as affecting yield parameters and wine quality : results of three years of investigation in Friuli Colli Orientali D.O.C. area. V: QUEIROZ, Jorge (ur.). Proceedings, (Ciência e técnica vitivinícola, ISSN 0254-0223, vol. 28). Dois Porto: Estação vitivinícola nacional, 2013, vol. 28, tom. 1, str. 535-540. [COBISS.SI-ID 2815995]

tipologija 1.08 -> 1.01

8. STERNAD LEMUT, Melita, TROŠT, Kajetan, SIVILOTTI, Paolo, VRHOVŠEK, Urška. Pinot Noir grape colour related phenolics as affected by leaf removal treatments in the Vipava Valley. V: AGOCS, Attila (ur.), DELI, Jozsef (ur.). 6th International Congress on Pigments in Food : chemical, biological and technological aspects, (Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, ISSN 0889-1575, vol. 24, no. 6). San Diego: Academic Press, 2011, vol. 24, no. 6, str. 777-784, doi: 10.1016/j.jfca.2011.03.003. [COBISS.SI-ID 1811451]

tipologija 1.08 -> 1.01

9. CRESPAN, M., FABBRO, Augusto, GIANNETTO, S., MENEGHETTI, S., PETRUSSI, Carlo, DEL ZAN, Francesco, SIVILOTTI, Paolo. Recognition and genotyping of minor germplasm of Friuli Venezia Giulia revealed high diversity. Vitis, ISSN 0042-7500, 2011, vol. 50, no. 1, str. 21-28. [COBISS.SI-ID 1762043]

References doc.dr.Paolo Sivilotti

University course code: 1VV205

Year of study: 2

Semester: 1

Course principal:





  • Lectures: 45 hours
  • Field exercises: 20 hours
  • Individual work: 85 hours

Course type: obligatory

Languages: slovene

Learning and teaching methods:
lectures, field practice, students' independent work