College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Viticulture & Enology

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ABOUT VITICULTURE & ENOLOGY (WINE SCIENCE)

Viticulture and enology (wine science) explores every step of the winemaking process, from growing grapes in the vineyard (viticulture), to processing those grapes to make wine, to evaluating sensory components that make for excellent premium wines (enology). Students also participate in innovative research that contributes to the national and international wine industry. 

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN VITICULTURE & ENOLOGY

Blended Learning
Through the WSU Blended Learning Program, students have the opportunity to partner with regional wineries to produce premium wines, from vineyard, to fermentation, to bottling and beyond. 

Leading researchers
WSU wine researcher Jim Harbertson researches the precise hues, shades, and tints of rosé wine that can affect consumer perception. These studies provide tools to winemakers to measure color in their rosé wine.

Global research
WSU Professor Tom Collins studies the impact of wildfire smoke on wine grapes and wine made internationally. He is also studying how to prevent wildfire smoke from tainting wine amid harsh wildfire seasons. 

WSU Blended Learning wines are sold to members of the public and proceeds benefit the WSU wine science program.

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COURSES:

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in wine science, which could include:

  • Viticulture
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology 
  • Enology
  • Botany
  • Fermentation
  • Horticulture 

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT WSU TRI-CITIES:

WSU Tri-Cities is home to the world-renowned Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center, which is one of only a handful of comprehensive wine research facilities in the world. Through the facility’s state-the-art laboratories and winery, students are an active part in learning about the intricacies of winemaking. Students are also an active part in performing research that will impact the future of Washington wine for generations to come.

RELATED FIELDS:

  • Botany
  • Hospitality
  • Food science
  • Horticulture
  • Chemistry

CAREERS:

Career outcomes in viticulture & enology
Washington state is a national leader in the production of premium wines. Study viticulture and enology centrally in the heart of Washington wine country and reap the benefits of this fun and exciting degree program that is in high-demand not only in the Pacific Northwest, but around the world.

WSU Tri-Cities alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and salary:

$44,705

Estimated salary of wine science alumni

Jobs held by WSU Tri-Cities wine science graduates:
Winemaker Grape Grower | Lab Technician | Tasting Room Staff | Grounds Supervisor | Wine Educator

Data provided by EMSI.