École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques

Back to School 2016-2017 !

21 September 2016

The new year of study of the Master of Business and Science Vineyard & Winery Management started on September 13th 2016. A variety of different activities was planned in order to welcome to our new students from 18 countries in a friendly atmosphere.

As usual, the first Back To School week started off with the opportunity for students to meet professors and representatives of student associations at Bordeaux Sciences Agro on September 13th. There was the BSA community description, useful information for student life at the school. In fact, there are 3 essential associations the BDE, KFET and SA which accompany the students and strengthen their unity within Bordeaux Sciences Agro. Lastly, there were discussions between students & professors in a convivial atmosphere during the coffee break.

The next day continued with a guided visit of the cooperage Nadalié. The students had an occasion to witness production processes on the spot and to discover the art of cask-making and the secrets of wine production. Its aims are to appreciate the role of wood in the wine-ageing process and the pratical skills of Master Coopers. The friendly lunch offered by the school ended the second day of this Back to School Week.

On September 15th, they had an ISVV (Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences) site visit and received general presentations from two professors, Gregory GAMBETTA and Guilherme MARTINS. They had access to the research laboratory on Ecophysiology and the Grape Functional Genomics Unit and the Œnology Unit. It gave them an idea about vine and wine analytical sciences. This outing ended in the ISVV vineyard with discussions about viticultural soils and vine development status.

On Friday September 16th, the presentation of their country wines took place throughout the day. Each student was called on to bring a bottle of wine from their region of origin and to give a talk on grape variety and the history of the wine growing region. The successful and rewarding presentations continued with wine tasting, the most interesting part of the day. They really enjoyed a nice pizza lunch, had some fun, relaxed and got to know each other better while exchanging impressions about the wines tasted.

The goal of this week was to integrate the students in the school environment and get ready for the following week of study but also other integration activities such as musicals, cultural activities on the school Campus and the agglomeration of Bordeaux


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