Enology and Olfactory Learning

Wine is an industry with a relevant impact, related to a huge commercial value at European level. The Eurostat statistics say that production of wine in Europe is relevant and the EU is leader in this field: in 2018, the EU Member States exported €22.7 billion (bn) of wine, and imported a total of €13.4 bn. All told, the sold production of wine (including sparkling wine, port and grape must) in the EU was around 15 billion liters. The total area under vines in the EU was 3.2 million ha in 2015, representing around 45% of the world’s total area under vines and 1.8 % of the total utilized agricultural area. 

The MOOC is developed in the framework of the European Project called MERGO (Mooc in Enology aimed at Reinforcing competences applying Game-based approach and Olfactive learning for the wine tasting Grant Agreement 2020-1-IT02-KA203-080040) funded by the European Commission in the programme Erasmus+ Key Activity 2 - Higher Education field.

The Partnership involved in this project is led by University of Foggia in Italy with three Higher Education institution namely the Universidade De Tras-On-Montes e Alto Douro in Portugal, the University of Cukurova in Turkey and University of Zagreb in Croatia, two associations Organizzazione Nazionale degli Assaggiatori Vino - ONAV in Italy and Vignerons Bio De Nouvelle-Aquitaine in France and a company called Smarted in Italy.

The MOOC includes theoretical lectures based on enology topics, i.e. vineyard and the grape quality, organic wines, wine defects, sensory evaluation of wine, wine tasting techniques, valorisation of autochthons vineyards, production chain, etc. 

The project MERGO aims to bridge the MOOC learning with the procedural learning for the recognition of sensory features using Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs). The project developed an ICT innovative tool that allows the student an autonomous training with olfactory stimuli and applying a validated framework delivered with a scientific approach, applying artificial intelligence modules (adaptive artificial tutors). 

Each lesson also permits a sensory learning experience although the course is online. The learner could exploit an olfactory kit and download on its smartphone an application that allows to train the olfactory learning by experience and in a gamified way.

The expected impact is to innovate the MOOC sector by including procedural and autonomous learning using Internet of Things, Smart Objects and Tangible User Interfaces (TUI) for a concrete and multisensory approach.

Practical experiences during the course are based on the MERGO Odour Wine Game (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.smarted.mergo&hl=it&gl=US) downloadable on Android devices equipped with NFC antennas. By tagging all the olfactory kits with NFC passive antennas it is possible to train autonomously and apply the competences achieved during the online course. More information about olfactory learning please visit (https://mergoproject.eu/).

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15 Gen 2024

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1 Feb 2024

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The learning outcomes are the following:

  • Identify key factors in the viticulture filed
  • Understand basic winemaking practices
  • Understand the difference between types of wine
  • Recognize the main varieties and wine types as they relate to different countries of the Europe
  • Identify the principles of the wine tasting techniques
  • Train your olfactory skills with a practical approach connected to the theoretical lessons

The course is for people that have the intention to have a consistent and scientifically validated approach to the wine in the field of oenology and viticulture. The course aims to provide the basic competencies in the field, offering a first overview in the oenology sector. The student is able to train own senses autonomously also at home, by setting up the innovative platform.

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The course is divided into 10 lessons:Innovative pedagogical MERGO approach in wine tastingTangible User Interfaces for the wine sectorThe vineyard and the wine qualityWhite and rosé winesRed wine and ageingWine odors and defects: sensory evaluationSweet, fortified and sparkling winesOrganic, Biodynamic, and Natural wines.Wine tasting techniquesA survey of Italian, French, Croatian, Turkish and Portuguese wine grape varietiesEach lesson has a video-introduction and a video-conclusion with a brief lesson held by a lecturer which is expert in the specific field and some slides useful for the learners in order to deepen their understanding on wine tasting, viticulture and enology. Each lesson also permits a sensory learning experience although the course is online.

You can obtain a certificate passing the final questionnaire.