Calling all wine lovers: Want to know even more about each sip? Join Wine Channel TV for a Sip&Study on Ampelography. Ampelography is a botanical study used by winemakers to identify grape varieties based on the characteristics of the vine’s leaves. Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV Digital Network, was invited by St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery to attend St. Supéry’s Ampelography Master Class with Lucie Morton.
Lucie Morton, fondly referred to as the “Julia Child of the Vineyards,” is a world-renowned viticulturist and expert on Ampelography. Together with St. Supéry Estate, Lucie Morton has developed a unique, interactive experience to educate wine lovers and winemakers on the art and science of identifying grape vines. A deeper botanical understanding of the grape growing process allows the wine lover to become more intimate with the winemaking process—encouraging further appreciation of each sip. The St. Supéry Estate Ampelography Master Class equips wine drinkers to match the leaf on the vine to the varietal in your glass.
Ampelography (ἄμπελος, "vine" + γράφος, "writing") is the field of botany concerned with the identification and classification of grapevines, Vitis spp.
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is a sustainably farmed, certified Napa Green winery in the Rutherford growing region of Napa Valley. With 500 acres of vineyards, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is the perfect setting to learn Ampelography hands-on, identifying the dimension, shape, teeth, petiolar sinus, and unique features of the vineyard’s vast array of leaves to identify the plant producing each blend and varietal. Perk: Those attending the class had the opportunity to sample St. Supéry Estate’s exceptional Sauvignon Blancs, Cabernet Sauvignons, and estate red and white blends, sweetening the deal as wine-os learn to match the sip with the sprout.
Come alongside Wine Channel TV as we continue to learn and educate on the minutiae of winemaking. Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV, continues to challenge herself and the audience of Wine Channel TV to make wine both fun and educational. This Ampelography Wine Channel TV Digital Network segment digs deep among the roots and leaves of winemaking, as Jessica Altieri tours St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery, soaking in the wisdom of Lucie Morton’s Ampelography Master Class—leaving no leaf unturned.