AskDefine | Define oenology

Dictionary Definition

oenology n : the art of wine making [syn: enology]

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Alternative spellings


  • /iˈnɑlədʒi/
  • /i"nAl@dZi/


  1. The study of wines. The science or knowledge of wine making and appreciation.
    Even though I can't drink wine, I can still study oenology and enjoy knowing about the great wines of the world.


Extensive Definition

Oenology (BrE) or enology (AmE) is the science and study of all aspects of wine and winemaking from the grape harvest to bottle. An expert in the field of oenology is known as an oenologist.
Oenology is usually not considered to include the study of vine growing and grape harvesting. This subfield of agricultural practice and science is called viticulture, which makes "viticulture & oenology" a common designation for training programmes and research centres which include both "outdoors" and "indoors" aspects of wine production.
The name oenology is derived from the Greek term, oenos (οίνος), which means wine, and the suffix -logy (from the Greek λόγος, meaning speech or study).
oenology in Bosnian: Enologija
oenology in Catalan: Enologia
oenology in Danish: Ønologi
oenology in German: Önologie
oenology in Spanish: Enología
oenology in French: Œnologie
oenology in Croatian: Enologija
oenology in Italian: Enologia
oenology in Luxembourgish: Önologie
oenology in Macedonian: Енологија
oenology in Dutch: Oenologie
oenology in Japanese: ワイン学
oenology in Norwegian: Ønologi
oenology in Occitan (post 1500): Enologia
oenology in Polish: Enologia
oenology in Portuguese: Enologia
oenology in Russian: Энология
oenology in Slovenian: Enologija
oenology in Serbian: Енологија
oenology in Finnish: Enologia
oenology in Swedish: Oenologi
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