Viticulture and Enology

Grappoli d'uva
A.Y. 2020/2021
L-25 - Agriculture and forestry industry
Limited enrollment with admission test
Course location
International title
Double Degree

The degree programme provides interdisciplinary training in the biological and technological principles associated with grapevine cultivation and wine production. Graduates are qualified to work as technicians and professionals in the viticulture and oenology sectors and in the management of wineries.

On the strength of their competences, graduates can pursue careers in the following occupations:

  • at the "vineyard" level, in the improvement of varietal selection, cultivation, grapevine conservation and harvesting techniques;
  • at the "cellar" level, in connection with the technical management of the wine production chain and quality issues connected with the production of wine and other fermented drinks, liquors and distillates; at the "laboratory" level, in the ampelographic classification of grapevines, yeast selection and the chemical, physical and sensorial classification of wine products; at the "company" level, in economic management and the marketing sector.

Viticulture and Enology graduates possess the necessary competences to engage in:

  • consultancy services, management and administration of wineries engaged in the production and processing of grapevines, and the refinement, conservation, bottling and commercialisation of derived products;
  • varietal selection, planting and plant health considerations in vineyards;
  • managerial roles in wine authorities, associations and consortia;
  • the certification of microbiological, wine chemistry and sensory wine analyses;
  • the design of wineries, through the selection of the technologies used in plants and facilities;
  • the distribution and commercialisation of wine products, including communication, marketing and image-related processes.

Admission requirements

A previous good level of knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, correspondent to that assured by high school. Good knowledge of a foreign language (English or French) is strongly recommended.

Skills assessment

Access to the programme is regulated by a compulsory test to ascertain that the student meets admission requirements, i.e. a sufficient knowledge of basic principles of scientific disciplines (mathematics , physics, chemistry, biology) correspondent to that assured by high school, and a sufficient level of understanding of elementary logic.
The students can take the test through the TOLC-AV  platform (CISIA Online Test – Agriculture and Veterinary version) on multiple dates. Test dates, times, venues and procedures, as well as the admission requirements, will be set out in the call for applications published on the website: The call will also specify admission procedures for students from other degree programmes of the University of Milan, or from other universities, or already holding a university degree. 

Additional Learning Requirements (OFA)

Admitted students who have not achieved the minimum score (60% of correct answers) in mathematics will have to satisfy Additional Learning Requirements (OFA). These requirements can be satisfied through specific recovery activities.
Mathematics OFA are prerequisites for all second- and third-year exams. Students who do not attend OFA recovery activities or do not pass the final OFA test will have to pass the Mathematics exam as a prerequisite to take all second- and third-year exams. 
Initiatives will be timely advertised on the website

Bridging courses

To satisfy any knowledge gaps highlighted in test results, the Faculty may provide short bridging courses or tutoring activities before or during the programme. Attendance is strongly recommended to all those who have suffered any gaps.

The degree programme in Viticulture and Enology provides ample student mobility opportunities, mainly through the Erasmus+ programme, which has around 30 EU member universities. The fields that can be developed at partner universities cover all the specific areas of the degree programme. Most students are inclined to follow courses that will broaden their scientific knowledge, or to carry out internships or degree theses in established laboratories. The learning agreement is defined in cooperation with the study programme's Erasmus manager, both for the choice of exams and the organization of the internship at the partner university. Before completing the learning agreement, you must obtain the formal approval of the exams to be taken at the host university by teachers holding equivalent or similar courses at the University of Milan. The conduct of an experimental activity abroad, as part of or the entire internship activity, requires a letter of consent from a teacher of the partner university and the formal approval of the objectives, the project and the internship period by a teacher of the study programme acting as supervisor.

Grades and credits awarded by partner universities are almost entirely recognized. Students thus know that Erasmus activities will be positively assessed in their curriculum.

There are other opportunities for cultural exchanges with universities that are not part of the Erasmus system but have signed agreements with our university. These belong to non-EU areas such as China, Japan and Latin America.

Recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Plant biology 8 64 Italian BIO/01 BIO/03
- Biologia della cellula vegetale4
- Morfologia ed anatomia delle piante4
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
General and inorganic chemistry 6 60 Italian CHIM/03
Mathematics 6 68 Italian MAT/02
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Agronomy 6 56 Italian AGR/02
Elements of economics 6 48 Italian AGR/01
Organic chemistry 6 56 Italian CHIM/06
Physics 6 64 Italian FIS/07
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Enology 1 10 96 Italian AGR/15
- Elementary operations5
- Principles and elements of enology5
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Agricultural chemistry 10 80 Italian AGR/13
- Plant physiology and biochemistry6
- Soil chemistry4
Enological and fermentations chemistry 6 52 Italian CHIM/11
Microbiology 6 56 Italian AGR/16
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Biology and genetics of grapevines 8 72 Italian AGR/03
- Ampelografia e miglioramento genetico4
- Fisiologia4
Computer skills, statistics and data management in the winery 9 72 Italian
Enochemical analysis 6 64 Italian AGR/15
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Stage 10 0 Italian
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Viticultural and enological engineering 11 88 Italian AGR/09
- Meccanizzazione del vigneto6
- Progettazione della cantina5
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Enological microbiology 6 56 Italian AGR/16
Management of vinicultural firm and marketing elements 8 64 Italian AGR/01
- Unita' didattica 1: legislazione4
- Unita' didattica 2: gestione e marketing4
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Enology 2 11 92 Italian AGR/15
- Sensory Analysis5
- Technologies and enological processes6
Vineyard protection 11 104 Italian AGR/11 AGR/12
- Entomologia5
- Patologia vegetale6
Viticulture: cultivation techniques 6 64 Italian AGR/03
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Final exam 3 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Brewing and spirits technology 4 32 Italian AGR/15
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Cereals for malts and other semi-finished products preparation 4 32 Italian AGR/15
Cultivation of plants for beer, liqueurs and spirits production 4 32 Italian AGR/04
Sustainable management of fungal diseases of grapevine 4 38 Italian AGR/12
Study plan rules
- Nell'ambito dei 12 crediti a libera scelta dello studente, il Collegio Didattico di Viticoltura ed enologia propone le seguenti attività formative:
Coltivazione di essenze per la produzione di birra, liquori e distillati 4 cfu; ssd AGR/04; 2°semestre;
Cereali per la produzione di malti ed altri semilavorati 4 cfu; ssd AGR/15; 2°semestre;
Tecnologia della birra e dei distillati 4 cfu; ssd AGR/15; 1°semestre;
Difesa sostenibile della vite dalle malattie fungine 4 cfu; ssd AGR/12; 2°semestre.
Nell'ambito delle citate attività formative, è offerta la possibilità di svolgere un secondo tirocinio, anche eventualmente presso un'azienda esterna, secondo le modalità previste dall'Ateneo. In questo caso, le attività da svolgere nel corso del tirocinio saranno sotto la diretta responsabilità di un tutor universitario e non si dovranno configurare come una mera ripetizione di quelle svolte nel corso del primo. Il secondo tirocinio darà luogo all'acquisizione di 4 CFU.
Il piano didattico dovrà essere realizzato nel rispetto delle seguenti propedeuticità:
Prescribed foundation courses
Learning activityPrescribed foundation courses
Agricultural chemistry Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Biology and genetics of grapevines Agricultural chemistry (compulsory), Plant biology (compulsory)
Enochemical analysis Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Enological and fermentations chemistry Organic chemistry (compulsory)
Enological microbiology Microbiology (compulsory)
Enology 1 Enological and fermentations chemistry (compulsory), Physics (compulsory)
Enology 2 Enology 1 (compulsory)
Microbiology Plant biology (compulsory)
Organic chemistry General and inorganic chemistry (compulsory)
Viticulture: cultivation techniques Agronomy (compulsory), Biology and genetics of grapevines (compulsory)
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
University and programme transfer tutor
Credit recognition tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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First year enrolment:
Limited enrollment with admission test

Places available: 80 + 5 reserved for non-EU citizens + 4 reserved for students in the Marco Polo project

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Session: 1

Application for admission: from 23/04/2020 to 24/07/2020

Application for matriculation: from 24/07/2020 to 05/08/2020

Read the Call

Session: 2

Application for admission: from 10/08/2020 to 04/09/2020

Application for matriculation: from 16/09/2020 to 18/09/2020

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Session: 3

Application for admission: application deadlines will be published shortly.

Application for matriculation: from 19/09/2020 to 15/10/2020

The call for applications is being finalized