Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Viticulture & Enology

Welcome to Viticulture & Enology!

Are you interested in becoming part of a vital, growing, grape industry?

  • Do you want to be part of research and development opportunities in the wine industry?
  • Are you interested in a science-based and practical 4-year degree program?
  • Or, are you interested in non-credit, continuing education programs that focus on practical, hands-on experiences?

Viticulture and Enology at WSU is for you.

The wine grape growing and wine production industry is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of Washington's agricultural economy. Washington is the second largest premium wine producer in the U.S., and Washington wines have acquired an international reputation for their quality. Crafting high quality wines requires the collaborative efforts of the viticulturist (the grower) and the vintner (the winemaker). The unique northerly climate of Washington's growing regions - with two more hours of daily sunlight than California's wine-grape growing regions - allows grapes to fully ripen before harvesting. The Washington wine industry needs people with knowledge and expertise in Washington's unique growing conditions.

We offer two educational opportunities for people interested in pursuing a career in this expanding and vibrant industry.

  • Viticulture and Enology major in Integrated Plant Sciences

    The V&E major in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) is a 4-year, interdisciplinary program offering technical, scientific, and practical experience, with opportunities to be involved in research and development. In our courses, offered on both the Pullman and Tri-Cities campuses, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to produce high quality grapes and premium table wines, preparing you for a career in the wine industry - in Washington and beyond. Transfer students are welcome.

  • Certificate programs in Viticulture and Enology

    These non-credit, professional certificate programs are offered through WSU Extension. They are tailored for people who are interested in wine grape growing and winemaking, but are not interested in obtaining a college degree.

The employment outlook for V&E graduates is bright.

The wine-grape growing and wine-production industries are both rapidly expanding sectors of Washington's agricultural economy. Washington is the second largest wine producing state in the nation.

Viticulture careers include:
Enology careers include:

Vineyard manager

Winery general manager

Field personnel for wineries

Vice-president of production


Winemaker and assistant winemaker


Restauranteur/wine buyer

For more career information, click here.

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Click on the links at the left to learn more about the V&E program. Please contact us with any questions you may have, or to arrange a visit. We look forward to meeting you!

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V&E undergrads receive recognition for their research at Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers annual meeting

Andrew Schultz, V&E undergraduate at WSU Tri-Cities, received recognition for his presentation "Strengthening Undergraduate Education in V&E Program at WSU Through Hands-on Research Experiences" with co-authors Julia Kock, Tefera Mekuria, Joan Davenport, and Naidu Rayapati.

The presentation was part of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Award funded by CAHNRS under Dr. Rayapati's mentorship. To learn more about the project, click here.

V&E major Landon Keirsey and Food Science major Federico Casassa won first place in the undergraduate division poster competition for their presentation on cofermentation. Keirsey is advised by Prosser IAREC-based enologist Jim Harbertson, and has been using the research winery in Prosser to conduct his experiments on cofermentation. For more information on Keirsey's research, click here.


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