VIT405 Integrated Vineyard Management (8)

This subject builds on concepts and key aspects acquired in earlier viticulture-related subjects. The subject will focus on key areas that should be considered in managing a vineyard such as: the influence of climatic factors on the quality and quantity of grape production; soil management and nutrition; site selection and vineyard design; propagation of grapevines and selection of planting material including hybrids, rootstocks and varieties; pruning, training and trellising; canopy management; irrigation; pest, disease and weed management; managing harvest and vineyard redevelopment.
This subject commences in session 1 and concludes in session 2. Students must enrol in both sessions 1 and 2. It is not possible to commence this subject in session 2.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VIT405. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to accurately explain how the management of soil, including the role of fertilisers and weed management can influence the productivity of vineyards
  • be able to critically assess the suitability of a site for viticulture production and to design a vineyard that will minimise variability and ensure sustainability and factor in the potential for redevelopment of existing vineyards
  • be able to accurately explain how grapevines are propagated and the issues related to sources and availability of planting material
  • be able to critically evaluate the suitability of varieties, clones and rootstocks for a chosen site
  • be able to accurately explain the principles of training and trellising and to recognise the different types of trellising and training systems
  • be able to accurately describe different pruning techniques and explain their function in canopy management
  • be able to accurately explain the principles of irrigation, the different irrigation systems used in vineyards in Australia and critically evaluate the impact of water quality on grapevines and soil.
  • be able to accurately explain the biology of and epidemiology of pests and diseases of grapevine, the role of vineyard management on vine health and how to incorporate and apply an integrated pest and disease management program into vineyards
  • be able to accurately explain the process of harvesting winegrapes and the factors affecting the quality of harvested grapes
  • be able to critically evaluate scientific literature related to vineyard management


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Soils and nutrition
  • Site selection and vineyard design
  • Propagation of grapevines and selection of planting material
  • Hybrids, rootstocks and varieties
  • Training and trellising
  • Pruning
  • Canopy management
  • Principles and practices of irrigation
  • Pest and disease management
  • Harvest and quality


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.