The appointment is scheduled for Wednesday 15 March at 7.30 with the start of the fourth season of winemaking conversations. From this year Giovanni Bigot will teach viticultural scouting at the University of Udine

How to react to an unknown scenario, where violent phenomena occur more and more frequently? These are some of the themes of the new column by Giovanni Bigot, founder of the Perleuve company and creator of the Bigot Index , a method of objective evaluation of the qualitative potential of the vineyard which takes into consideration the nine most important agronomic parameters. Starting from Wednesday 15 March at 7.30 , once a month, the Friulian agronomist and researcher will analyze the impact of climate change on viticulture through the Index, the data of over 400 companies and the bioclimatic indices calculated for each viticultural area.
In the first episode, professors Maurizia Sigura and Rino Gubiani, professors of the Department of agri-food, environmental and animal sciences of the University of Udine, will also discuss precision viticulture together with Giovanni Bigot. The enologist Ramon Persello, a graduate in Viticulture and Enology with a thesis on bioclimatic indices and an expert in agrometeorology and climate change, will also intervene in the following appointments.
The new column is part of the fourth season of the direct viticultural conversations with Giovanni Bigot , which will have university professors, researchers and experts on the various topics covered as guests. The episodes will be broadcast live and made available in podcasts on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and on the 4Grapes® website.
“We need to know about climate change – explains Bigot – in order to evaluate the actions to be implemented . We have acquired the agronomic data of the companies present in the most important wine-growing areas in the world, we have analyzed them and we have obtained forecasts that we will present during the live broadcasts. These data are used to understand the future, glimpse its scenarios and anticipate agronomic choices. The Index thus becomes a useful tool for reading the phenomena that increasingly impact on fundamental aspects of viticulture , as well as on the terroir ”.
Starting this year, Giovanni Bigot will teach viticultural scouting as part of the teaching of "Precision Viticulture" of the degree course in Viticulture and Oenology of the University of Udine . The lessons will focus on the collection of data regarding the conditions of the vines, leaves and bunches, with the aim of identifying any problems and taking the appropriate preventive or corrective measures, increasing the qualitative potential of the vineyard, reducing the environmental impact and costs.
“Vineyard monitoring and precision viticulture – continues the agronomist – are entering an academic course for the first time, a sign that these are increasingly relevant topics in the field of agriculture and wine production. The introduction of university courses on these topics represents an important step forward in the training of professionals in the sector”.

The Perleuve company was founded in 2012 by the will of Giovanni Bigot, agronomist, researcher and consultant for some of the best wineries in Italy and abroad. The group includes agronomists and technicians who deal with technical and management consultancy in the wine sector with the aim of placing the vineyard at the center of the production of quality wines, through a multidisciplinary and holistic approach, with an eye to sustainability environment and human health. Perleuve's projects include the Bigot Index, an objective evaluation method of the quality potential of the vineyard that takes into consideration the nine most important agronomic parameters, and the 4Grapes® app, a work tool that allows you to monitor, recognize and detect the conditions of the vineyard, as well as store the collected data. In 2020 the 4Grapes Academy was also born, the first Italian school dedicated to Ampelonauts, professionals who want to learn how to monitor the vineyard by increasing its qualitative potential and reducing its environmental impact.