In Viticulture & Enology, we learn by doing. Research opportunities, fieldwork, internships, in-depth labs, and field trips inspire you to explore topics with passion and purpose.
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center
The Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center offers students plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning and research.
- Independent Research Labs. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment in a lab dedicated to the fields of viticulture, microbiology, and chemistry.
- Sensory Classroom and Sensory Laboratory. Here, students learn to conduct sensory analysis.
- Research Winery. Students see fermentation science firsthand, and learn about winery equipment and operations.
- Greenhouses. Coming in 2018!
- Growth Chambers. The Wine Science Center was designed with space for two walk-in growth chambers. This high-tech system would allow students and researchers to research plants under extreme temperatures and varying environmental conditions. Financial contributions are necessary to fund this system. Learn how to donate to the growth chamber project »
Albert Ravenholt Research and Teaching Vineyard
Made possible through an endowment from the Albert R. Ravenholt Foundation, the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center includes a 2-acre teaching vineyard. There, a training system demonstration block is planted with Syrah on 9 different training systems, offering a hands-on learning experience. Students learn about vineyard maintenance and fruit ripening first hand.
The vineyard is managed by viticulture faculty member Baskar Bondada, PhD, and one student in a paid position each semester. Maintenance is supported by WSU Tri-Cities grounds crew, WSU Extension, and industry partners.
Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center
Our research center in Prosser, Wash., is home to graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in a variety of fields related to vineyards and grapes. Labs, 30 acres of vineyards, and other research facilities strengthen students’ understanding and practice of grape growing and vineyard management.
Faculty at the IAREC support undergraduate research by hosting students in the laboratories, vineyards, and greenhouses. They also train viticulture and enology graduate students in the fields of horticulture, plant physiology, plant genetics, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, agro-meteorology, and agricultural engineering.