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Undergraduate

Multidisciplinary and hands-on: an undergraduate education in viticulture and enology is designed for the future leaders of the wine industry. Students in the Viticulture & Enology Program are passionate about grape growing, winemaking, and the business of wine. And they contribute to critical research that strengthens the wine industry.

The V&E science curriculum is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. This program provides the technical, scientific, and practical experience students need to produce high quality grapes and premium wines. V&E courses are taught in state-of-the-art facilities on the WSU Pullman and Tri-Cities campuses.

Wine-stained hands are vital to a V&E education, which is why all students will spend their junior and senior years studying at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center and the Albert Ravenholt research and teaching vineyard on the Tri-Cities campus in Richland, WA. Located in the heart of Washington wine country, the Wine Science Center also serves as a hub for students to make vital connections with industry professionals.

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Viticulture & Enology

For those interested in grape growing and winemaking, the Viticulture & Enology Program prepares students for successful careers in Washington’s flourishing wine industry and beyond. Learn about juice and wine at each and every step of the process, from growing grapes to harvesting them to processing and evaluating the wines made from them.

Wine Business Management

The WSU Viticulture & Enology Program is enhanced by major and minor programs in wine business management. Wine business management students become highly skilled business leaders in the wine industry. Students gain knowledge in a broad range of wine business and related areas.

Students who pursue a wine business management degree are well prepared to face the complex challenges of the wine industry. Part of the WSU’s Hospitality Business Management Program, students learn about wine business in functional areas including management of wine production, marketing, finance, compliance, tourism, and more.