Welcome to the Department of Viticulture and Enology


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 Our Mission
  • To train the future leaders in viticulture and enology through education and research
  • To conduct solution-driven research for the grape and wine industry
  • To disseminate knowledge and information to the grape and wine industry, and community
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Each year, over 150 viticulture and enology students take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities that this one-of-a-kind program offers. 

Our graduates can be found in leading grape and wine positions around the nation and world.

2020 Events & Announcements - Celebrating our Anniversary Year!

20 Years!   Department of Viticulture & Enology, established 2000

35 Years!   Viticulture & Enology Research Center, established 1985 

Support the Viticulture & Enology Academic and Research Programs!  We invite you to support our ongoing Associates Campaign by donating to the Department Associates Campaign Fund and/or the Research Center Associates Campaign FundClick here  for details.  Click here for a Pledge Form.


NEW SEMINAR!  March 2. Managing Water and Fruit Quality in Vineyards and Orchards Under Climate Change A seminar featuring international and local researchers. Fresno State Jordan Ag Research Center, 3:00-5:30 pm. View agenda.  Click to RSVP by 2/28.  Free to attend. Faculty, staff, students and members of the grape and wine industry welcome to attend.  Hosted by the Department of Viticulture & Enology. Contact:  Dr. Luca Brillante or Cynthia Wood.

We invite alumni and friends to join us for the Enology Society's Bud Break Bash on Friday, March 27 at Engelmann Cellars in Fresno.  This annual fundraiser will include dinner, music, and fun! 18 and over welcome to attend.  Must be 21 with ID to consumer alcohol.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Purchase your tickets online at https://enologysociety.square.site 

The Papa Petrucci 5K Run, Walk, or Stroll will be held in the Fresno State Vineyards on Saturday morning, March 28.  Presented by the Department of Viticulture and Enology and Viticulture Club, this special anniversary event is a family-fun event and fundraiser to support educational trips to visit the grape and wine industry in various grape growing regions.  The 5K recognizes the late and former professor and program leader, Dr. Vincent E. Petrucci.  Pre-register online by March 10 here$35 General Admission; Students with ID $25.

Two Vineyard Mechanization Workshops will be held in the Fresno State vineyards on April 2 and April 30 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.  Free to grape growers, students, and interested students, these workshops will include cultivation (April 2) and spraying (April 30) equipment demonstrations.  RSVP for April 2.   RSVP for April 30.

NEW WORKSHOP!  We are pleased to announce a new Precision Viticulture three-day workshop that will be held on April 6-8, 2020 at Fresno State for grape growers.  Click here for details and to register for this event that will be taught by Dr. Luca Brillante.  Register early and $ave!

Save the Date!  On June 6, 2020 we invite everyone to join us for an anniversary dinner at Fresno State to celebrate 20 years of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, and 35 years of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center.   Alumni, friends, current and former leaders, and grape and wine industry are welcome!  Details coming soon.


Representation at Professional Meetings

The Fresno State viticulture and enology team was well represented at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento at Cal Expo on February 4-6, 2020.  During the sessions, Drs. Luca Brillante and Stephan Sommer gave presentations while faculty and staff networked with alumni and industry friends during the exhibits at booth A534.  Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Viticulture & Enology Alumni & Friends Reunion at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento on February 5. This reunion is proudly co-sponsored by the Viticulture & Enology Alumni.

2020 Fresno State at UWGS Group picture


We are pleased to announce that several faculty, staff, and graduate students represented Fresno State's viticulture and enology program at the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) 2019 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presentations included:

  • Influence of Bunch Rot on Fermentation Kinetics in Chardonnay and Petite Sirah.  Jeremiah Q. Loyd, Justin Davis, Walsh Conmy, Sonet Van Zyl, and Stephan Sommer, Fresno State
  • Rot Estimation Dynamics in Gondolas.  Walsh A. Conmy, Jeremiah Q. Loyd, Justin Davis, Sonet Van Zyl, and Stephan Sommer, Fresno State

Fresno State alum and 2018 Viticulture and Enology Outstanding Undergraduate Student Achiever Kathleen Amaral, who is currently attending the University of Georgia, gave a presentation during the 2019 ASHS Conference Viticulture and Small Fruits Session, moderated by Fresno State viticulture and enology graduate student, Jeremiah Loyd.

In June 2019, our Fresno State viticulture and enology program was well represented at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture National Conference held in Napa.  Several of our faculty, staff, and students gave oral and poster presentations and one of our Jordan College of Ag honors student, Matteo Ramagli, received an ASEV scholarship.  We are proud of everyone who participated and represented Fresno State at this professional conference.

2019 ASEV National Conference Fresno State faculty staff students     ASEV 2019 National Conference Matteo Ramagli and Dr. L. Brillante


Quick Links

Click here to check out our calendar of events and activities

GIVE to our Viticulture & Enology Associates Campaign!  Simply put, this ongoing campaign is a critical component of our program's financial well-being and was created years ago to help us maintain our position as a global leader in grape and wine education and research.  Contributions, large and small, directly support our viticulture and enology department and research center by helping fill the gap between state funding and the our ability to continue to provide the industry with quality academic and research programs.

Looking for a qualified student intern or alumni to fill your position?  Employers may post job vacancies on our website at www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/ve/jobs.  Email cynthiaw@csufresno.edu your position details.

Take a look at our viticulture and enology library and services (July 2017) 

Position Vacancies

Official vacancy announcements for viticulture and enology positions at Fresno State can be viewed at  jobs.csufresno.edu.

Viticulture and enology positions through the Fresno State Auxiliary can be viewed on their website at www.auxiliary.com/auxhr/jobs.html

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