WSU Viticulture & Enology


Undergraduate Education

StudentExaminesGrapesInPressingVat_smViticulture and Enology major in Integrated Plant Sciences

The Viticulture and Enology major in Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) was created for students interested in wine-grape growing and winemaking, as well as contributing to critical research and development opportunities in the wine industry. This program offers the technical, scientific, and practical experience needed to gain the essential skills for producing high quality grapes and premium wines. It prepares students for successful careers in the wine industry in Washington and beyond.

The curriculum, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, is science-based and hands-on. The interdisciplinary program is offered at both the WSU Pullman and WSU Tri-Cities campuses.

WSU Tri-Cities offers excellent opportunities for students seeking knowledge and experience in the science of winemaking and grape production through our world class faculty, and is also the home of the research and teaching vineyard. Its close proximity to the WSU Research and Extension Center in Prosser (about a 20-minute drive), which has a long history of researching wine grapes and the best ways to grow them, make WSU Tri-Cities a prime and engaging location for students in the Viticulture and Enology academic program.

Washington community college students-

Now, it’s even easier to enroll in the WSU V&E program!

Students who invest two years at Walla Walla Community College or Yakima Valley Community College can transfer to several agriculture degree programs at Washington State University.

The latest collaboration builds a bridge from Walla Walla’s enology and viticulture program or Yakima’s vineyard technology program to the viticulture and enology program at WSU Tri-Cities and WSU Pullman. The partnership provides a geographic advantage for students seeking hands-on experience in the heart of southeast Washington wine country. Learn more…

For more information about transferring to WSU, visit the WSU Transfer Information website.

Wine Business Management major in the School of Hospitality Business Management

The Wine Business Management major was developed in response to the growth of the Washington wine industry. The program’s overarching objective is to provide a pool of highly skilled business leaders focused on leading wine industry in the 21st century. Graduates of the program are educated in a broad range of wine business and related areas, including the management of wine production and the identification and development of demand generators. Wine Business Management is unique to hospitality programs in the United States. The program is also highly interdisciplinary and draws on the many strengths at WSU. To learn more about the program, contact Dennis Reynolds at 509-335-4344. For information about prerequisites, admissions, and advising, contact Lisa Hunter at 509-335-8729.

More information

V&E major: Curriculum (WSU Catalog)

V&E major: Advising Sheet

VIT ENOL 399 (HORT 399) – Professional Work Experience

VIT ENOL 496 (FS 496) – Internship in a Winery

What you need to know about academic advising

Viticulture & Enology

WSU Pullman
Cristie Crawford
Academic Coordinator

WSU Tri-Cities
Lindsay Lightner
Academic Coordinator

Wine Business Management

General questions
Dennis Reynolds

Lisa Hunter
Study Abroad & International Specialist
Office: Todd 101S

Study abroad

WSU Exchange with Ecole D’Ingenieurs Purpan (FRANCE)

Ecole d’Ingénieurs de PURPAN is an institution that focuses on life sciences, agriculture, agrifood marketing and management. Located in the Southern town of Toulouse, a city of about 300,000, it features a large student population with many entertainment options. Earn six credits while studying French and European agricultural practices at Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Purpan for four weeks, followed by a four week internship on a family-run vineyard or farm during the summer! Learn more>

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