WSU Viticulture & Enology


Undergraduate Degrees

StudentExaminesGrapesInPressingVat_smViticulture and Enology major in Integrated Plant Sciences

The Viticulture and Enology major in Integrated Plant Sciences is 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 Washington’s growing wine  industry and beyond.

The curriculum, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, is science-based and hands-on. Courses in the interdisciplinary program are taught by our world-class faculty and offered at both the WSU Pullman and WSU Tri-Cities campuses.

WSU Tri-Cities, home of the Wine Science Center and Albert Ravenholt research and teaching vineyard, offers excellent opportunities for students seeking varied, hands-on experience in the science of winemaking and grape production. It’s only a 40-minute drive to the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, which has a long history of researching wine grapes and the best ways to grow them.

Viticulture and Enology minor

Students who minor in Viticulture and Enology will learn the importance of grape growing and wine making. A minor in Viticulture and Enology will be useful to any student desiring to learn more about the juice and wine industry from the growing of grapes to harvest, processing and product evaluation.

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

V&E minor: Curriculum

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

Transfer information

Viticulture & Enology

WSU Pullman
Cristie Crawford

WSU Tri-Cities
Kristen Wilson

Wine Business Management

WSU Pullman
Julie Miller

WSU Tri-Cities
Kristen Wilson

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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