Russell Moss joined the grape and wine team at Cornell as a lecturer in viticulture in August of 2018. Prior to coming to Cornell, he managed ultra-premium and luxury vineyards in New Zealand, Oregon, and Burgundy, and taught viticulture courses at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon. Mr. Moss launched his own boutique ultra-premium Oregon wine brand, Bocamo, in 2017. He is also a vineyard management consultant and continues to maintain a residence in Salem, Oregon. Mr. Moss holds a Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from Lincoln University in New Zealand as well as a Master of Science in Horticulture (viticulture) and a Master of Life Science in Food Science and Technology (enology) from Virginia Tech.
Site Selection and
Vineyard EstablishmentCornell Course
When it comes to selecting a site and establishing a vineyard, there are many considerations. Environmental conditions influence vineyard design, and non-environmental factors, such as access to plentiful labor, greatly impact grape growing and winemaking. Furthermore, the product itself is affected, as wines have sensorial differences related to climatic conditions and regions of the world.
In this course, you will take a broad look at factors of site selection, including climate, with a much deeper dive into ground operations such as row orientation and plant spacing. Together, these concepts will be applied as you devise a realistic and productive vineyard development plan.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Evaluating Wines
- Developing Wine Production Plans
- Wine Ingredients
- Vineyard Operations
Key Course Takeaways
- Relate climatic conditions to site selection
- Identify how environmental conditions impact vineyard design
- Recognize non-environmental factors conducive to grape growing and winemaking
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Aspiring winemakers
- Winery workers, assistant winemakers, and cellar hands
- Vineyard owners and managers
- Vineyard and wine marketers
- Wine distributors/retailers
- Home winemakers
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