Oenology,[p] œnology (BrE), or enology (AmE) is the science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking except vine-growing and grape-harvesting, which is a subfield called viticulture. “Viticulture & oenology” is a common designation for training programmes and research centres that include both the “outdoors” and “indoors” aspects of wine production. An expert in the field of oenology is known as an oenologist. The word oenology is derived from the Greek οἶνος - oinos, “wine,” and the suffix -λογία, -logia, "study of."



An increasing number of universities now offer B.S. and M.S. degrees in Oenology. Most Oenologists who hold doctorates hold them in related fields, such as plant physiology or microbiology. Oenologists often work as winemakers or find employment with commercial laboratories or with groups such as the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Related non-academic titles include the Master of Wine qualification and the more commercially oriented sommelier qualification.

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  [p] - The word "oenology" (or "enology") is pronounced ee-nol-o-jee, /iːˈnɒlɵdʒi/.[1]

  1. ^ "Glossary of Terms for Enology, Viticulture and Winemaking", CCwinegroup.com, 2009, webpage (PDF): GlosT.

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  • OEnology — [OE]*nol o*gy, n. [Gr. ? wine + logy.] Knowledge of wine, scientific or practical. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oenology — (n.) 1827, from OENO (Cf. oeno ) wine + LOGY (Cf. logy). Related: Oenological; oenologist …   Etymology dictionary

  • oenology — [ē näl′ə jē] n. [< Gr oinos, wine (see VINE) + LOGY] the science or study of wines and winemaking oenological [ē΄nə läj′i kəl] adj. oenologist n …   English World dictionary

  • oenology — noun /iˈnɑlədʒi/ The scientific study of and winemaking. Even though I cant drink wine, I can still study oenology and enjoy knowing about the great wines of the world …   Wiktionary

  • oenology — variant of enology …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oenology — oenological /een l oj i keuhl/, adj. oenologist, n. /ee nol euh jee/, n. the science of viniculture. Also, enology. [1805 15; < Gk oîn(os) WINE + O + LOGY] * * * …   Universalium

  • oenology — see WINE …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • oenology —  / enology  Study of wines. A connoisseur is an oenophile. oeuvre. An artist’s body of work …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • oenology — study of wines Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • oenology — oen·o·lo·gy || ɪː nÉ‘lÉ™dʒɪ / nÉ’ n. study of wine and winemaking (also enology) …   English contemporary dictionary

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