Viticulture Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of viticulture. The Napa Valley College Library has a special collection devoted to viticulture and enology.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


Bern's Steak House Wine Book.  33rd ed.  Bernard H. Laxer.  Call number:  v641.220294 Berns.

A Bibliography on Grapes, Wines, Other Alcoholic Beverages and Temperance:  Works Published in the United States Before 1901.  Maynard A. Amerine and Axel E. Borg.  Call number:  vREF 016.6412 Amerine.

A History of Wine in America:  From Prohibition to Present.  Thomas Pinney.  Call number:  v641.220973 Pinney.

The Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Workbook.  Jeff Dlott et al, eds. Call number:  vREF 663.2 Code.

History in a Glass:  Sixty Years of Wine Writing for Gourmet.  Ruth Reichl.  Call number:  v641.22 History.

The Joys of Wine.  Clifton Fadiman and Sam Aaron.  Call number:  v641.22 Fadiman.

The Oxford Companion to Wine.  Jancis Robinson, ed.  Call number: vREF 641.22 Oxford.

Napa County Winery Definition Ordinance:  Final Environmental Impact Report.  Napa County.  Call number:  vREF 348.794 LSA.

North American Pinot Noir.  John Winthrup Haeger.  Call number:  v641.2223 Haeger.

Sandeman:  Two Hundred Years of Port and Sherry.  Ned Halley.  Call number:  v641.22 Halley.

Winemaking:  From Grape Growing to Marketing.  Richard P. Vine et al.  Call number:  v663.2 Winemaking.

Wine Marketing and Sales:  Success Strategies for a Saturated Market.  Paul Wagner, Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen.  v663.200068 Wagner.


Oz Clark's Wine Atlas:  Wines and Wine Regions of the World.  Fiona Holman, ed.  Call number:  v641.2003 Clarke.

The Wine Atlas of California.  Bob Thompson.  Call number:  v641.22 Thompson.

The Wine Atlas of France.  Hugh Johnson and Hubrecht Duijker.  Call number: vREF 664.200944 Johnson.


Dictionary of Wines and Spirits.  Pamela Vandyke Price.  Call number: vREF 641.2203 Vandyke-Price.

LaRousse Dictionary of Wines of the World.  Gerard Debuigne.  Call number:  vREF 663.203 Debuigne.


Frank Schoonmaker's Encyclopedia of Wine.  Frank Schoonmaker.  Call number:  v641.2003 Schoonmaker.

The Global Encyclopedia of Wine.  Peter Forrestal, ed. Call number:  vREF 663.2009 Global.

The International Wine and Food Society's Encyclopedia of Wines.  Andre L. Simon.  Call number:  v641.2003 Simon.

LaRousse Encyclopedia of Wine.  Christopher Foulkes, ed.  vREF 641.2003 Larousse.

Sotheby's World Wine Encyclopedia.  Tom Stevenson.  Call number:  v641.2203 Stevenson.

CONNECT TO SNAP (Solano, Napa and Partners Online Catalog to locate additional books and materials).


The following Library of Congress subject headings will help you to locate all of the resources in the SNAP Online catalog related to viticulture:

grapes -- climate factors
grapes -- varieties
wine and wine making -- California
wine and wine making -- France

wine industry -- standards
wine tasting
wineries -- California 


Napa Valley College subscribes to the following periodicals pertaining to viticulture and enology:

California Agriculture 
Wine Country Classifieds
Wine Spectator
Wines & Vines 

See Periodical List for additional titles


The following databases may be useful in locating information on viticulture and enology. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card or e-card to access them. 

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Academic OneFile (Gale)
DemographicsNow Get more information on this database
General BusinessFile Get more information on this database  
Infotrak Newsstand (Gale) 
Lexis-Nexis Academic on campus use only
General OneFile (Gale) 


Enology and Viticulture Organizations & Societies

American Society of Enology and Viticulture
Homepage of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV), a non-profit scientific society that was formed in 1950 and is dedicated to the interests of enologists, viticulturists, and others in the fields of wine and grape research and production thoughout the world. Information is provided on the Society, its organization, membership procedures, publications, aims and activities. ASEV publishes the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture and abstracts from 2001 onwards can be viewed. In addition, a selection of 'best articles' from the journal are freely available in full-text.

American Vineyard Foundation
The American Vineyard Foundation (AVF) is a non-profit California corporation organized in 1978 by the American Scoeity of Enology and Viticulture to raise funds for research in viticulture and enology. The site provides a history of the foundation and summaries of reports on viticulture and enology projects carried out from 1996 to present, with full reports available to be ordered via the website. It also provides survey results, a list of research contacts, and details of the benefits gained from individual research projects.

Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology
Homepage of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO), a scientific society that was formed in 1980 to serve the interests of practicing winemakers and viticulturists by encouraging the exchange of technical information. Information is provided on the Society and its activities, membership, proceedings and publications, and research scholarships and awards funded by the Society.

Carneros Wine Alliance
The CWA consists of Carneros winegrowers partnering with winemakers to select the best vines for the most appropriate soil and climate. The site includes basic-winemaking step-by-step, a hyperlinked list of winery members, maps and appellation as well as links to the Carneros Land Stewardship Foundation.

ISU Viticulture
This website is produced by the Iowa State University's Department of Horticulture. It provides a wide range of information about viticulture. The site contains links to resources on the Web organized by topic, as well as links to various trade organizations. There are also lists of relevant publications and research projects being carried out at ISU. Some documents are available online as PDFs.

Napa Valley Grapegrowers
"The Napa Valley Grapegrowers has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley's reputation as a world-class wine-growing region for over 34 years. Their mission is to preserve Napa Valley's grapegrowing heritage, strengthen the wine industry's economic viability, promote environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture, and communicate the quality and character of Napa Valley vineyards. NVG represents over 500 Napa County grapegrowers and associated businesses." A calendar of events provides the latest information on viticulture education, current research topics and community activities.

Napa Valley Vintners Association
In their seventh decade, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is a non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley Appellation as a a winegrowing region. NVV is committed to the preservation and enhancement of the Valley's land, wine, and community for future generations. The Napa Valley Vintners Association addresses the shared interests of nearly 350 member wineries. The site provides a comprehensive list of wineries by category, by city, and by name, including maps. Tastings and market visits, local community programs, Napa Valley events and professional development opportunities are featured as well as a Napa Valley vintners blog.

Rutherford Dust Society
"Founded in 1994 by growers and vintners in tribute to the legacy of the grape growing and winemaking forebearers.  The Society's mission is to encourage and promote the highest quality standards in grape growing and winemaking in the Rutherford Viticultural Area."

Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (SCWC)
The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (SCWC) represents farmers who grow grapes for wine in Sonoma County. The site provides information on wines and grapes, growing regions, and markets. Various video illustrations are provided including a live webcam from Ladd Vineyard, the monthly wine grape chronicles, and the "life of a winegrape", which shows how vineyards change from one season to another. Additionally, the home page of the site highlights latest news items and SCWC resources.

Wine Grape Network
The Wine Grape Network website, hosted by Pennsylvania State University, provides a wide range of information aimed at assisting vineyard operators in the production of high quality wine grapes. The site is organized by topic in a way that is designed to aid the site's users in finding answers to any questions they may have. The topics range from 'Growing Grapes' to 'Making Wine' and 'Marketing Products'. Industry news, information about the site and events listings are organized in the same way.

Research Institutes & Journals

Australian Wine Research Institute
The Australian Wine Research Institue was established in 1955 and aims to be the world's premier wine research institute through the delivery of world class research, development, extension and service activities. The site provides information about the institutes research activities, its organization, research interest and conferences. AWRI publications can be purchased through the site.

Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute
Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) was established in 1996 as a centre for cool-climate grape and wine research. The institute provides leadership in enhancing and coordinating research and technology important to the grape and wine industry. The website provides information about the Institute and its staff, and research articles by staff at CCOVI related to viticulture and icewine making in particular. Links to Web resources are included. The Institute is a partnership between Brock University and the Ontario grape and wine industry.

Cooperative Research Center for Viticulture: CRCV
This site is managed by the Australian Wine Research Institute. Information is provided on the center's research programs which cover grape quality, vineyard systems and gene technology. The CRCV's education and training programs are described and the Viticare program delivers information and research outcomes to the winemaking industry. Product informatin is provided on AusVit, a computerized decision support system that is designed to assist viticulturalists achieve target levels of efficiency, while minimizing crop loss and VineLOGIC, which is a simulation of grapevine growth and development. The site contains a number of downloadable publications.

Journal of Wine Research
Tables of contents and abstracts for the Journal of Wine Research, published by Carfax Publishing, part of the Taylor and Francis Group. It is an international refereed journal, which publishes recent research on all aspects of viticulture, enology and the wine trade, and was founded by the Institute of Masters of Wine to enhance and encourage scholarly and scientific interdisciplinary research in these fields. Tables of contents and abstracts are available from April 2000 onwards. Full-text access to articles (in PDF, requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader) is availalbe to subscribers or on a pay-per-view-basis.

Practical Winery and Vineyard
The Website of the Practical Winery and Vineyard journal, a bi-monthly peer reviewed publication, which publishes articles on every aspect of winegrowing, winemaking, and winemarketing. The website provides access to the contents page of each issue back to January/February 1990, with selected articles from each issue supplied in full-text for free. The site also provides a bookshop with titles available for order through the site.

Viticulture and Enology Libraries in the United States

The Viticulture & Enology Collection at Shields Library, University of California, Davis
Shields Library, University of California Davis is home to one of the finest collections of grape grwing and wine making literature in the world. The collection gathers together materials on grape growing, grape diseases, wine making, fermentation science as well as the economic aspects of the wine industry. The primary emphasis is on the technical and scientific, historical and cultural aspects of grape growing and wine making with strong holdings in the economic and business aspects of grapes and wine.

Vincent E. Petnucci Library, Viticulture and Enology Research Center, CSU Fresno
The Vincent E. Petrucci Library collects information on the subjects of viticulture and enology, and provides the materials, services, and facility necessary to meet current and future information needs of students, faculty, staff and industry. The library collects and displays Viticulture & Enology faculty and staff research findings and shares the findings with library users world-wide. The library is open to the public, and patrons from outside the university community are encouraged to stop by and make use of the wide range of information available. The library owns 700 volumes pertaining to the topics of viticulture and enology, and has current subscriptions to 32 periodicals in the field.

Enology and Viticulture Collecton, Henry Madden Library, CSU Fresno
The focus of the collection is on the history and development of wine, wine-making and viticulture with an emphasis on pre-1940 works. The collection covers all areas of the world involved in wine-making, in all languages. The total number of books in the collection is approximately 4,000. While not the only or the largest collections on the history of wine, the Enology and Viticulture Collection contains many rare and valuable books that re important for research.

Sonoma County Wine Library, Sonoma County Library
The collection comprises 5,000 books on wine and related subjects, and subscriptions and vackfiles to over 80 wine-related periodicals. It contains authoritative information on wine, wine making and grape growing, including the business, technology and history associated with wine. Coverage is worldwide with a special emphasis on California.

Napa Valley Wine Library
The Napa Valley Wine Library is an alliance devoted to sharing and preserving information about viticulture, enology and wine lore, particularly in the Napa Valley. The extensive collection of books, magazines, interviews, clippings and other materials is housed at the St. Helena Public Library. The Wine Library is part of the Solano Napa and Partners (SNAP) Consortium. Students can check out materials using their NVC Library Card. While most of the this material does circulate, older and unique items are available for reference only in the Rare Book Room.

National Agricultural Library|
The National Agriculture Library (NAL) is a major international source for agriculture and related information. This site provides access to NAL's many resources and a gateway to its associated institutions. AGRICOLA is a searchable bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature holdings of the National Agriculture Library and items catalogued by other libraries not held in NAL's colelction. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines. Although AGRICOLA does not contain materials, thousands of AGRICOLA records are linked to online full-text documents, with new links being added every day.

The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture, Mann Library, Cornell University
The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance.
Published on the Web by the Sonoma County Wine Library, with support from the Berkeley Digital SunSITE, this resource provides authoritative informtion on wine, wine making and grape growing, covering the business, technology and history associated with wine. The site provides two separate freely available bibliographic databases: Wine Files which covers world wines from 1988 to the present date; and the California Wine History Files, collated by Charles Sullivan and ranging from 1849 to 1999. Database records include citations, abstracts and links to articles in technical, academic, government, trade and consumer wine periodicals, and other wine-related publication. Where available, abstracts or full-text links are provided. Both databases can be searched by keyword.

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Last updated:  June 28, 2011                                                       Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery