Department of Viticulture and Enology

WSU Pullman students meet peers, tour winemaking facilities at WSU Tri-Cities campus

Viticulture and enology students from WSU’s Pullman and Tri-Cities campuses had a chance to mingle while learning and tasting wine together during a recent field trip.

Five people sit at a long table. In front of them are wine glasses with different types of wines. Also on the table are cans, a paper cup, and a plastic water bottle. One person sits at a table behind them. On that table are wine glasses, a paper cup, and a can.

WSU wine science student selected as first recipient of endowed scholarship for veterans

Navy veteran and WSU wine science student Teagan Mosher is the first recipient of the Mann Family Endowed Scholarship for veterans pursuing a degree in viticulture and enology.

A woman stands in a field holding a butterfly net.

WSU scientists offer research, advice for successful vineyard management

From unpredictable weather to pests and diseases, vineyard managers contend with a lot of challenges. Sessions at the recent WineVit conference showed that Washington State University scientists are determined to help Washington’s grape growers be successful and prosperous.

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WSU V&E department on track for a future of more diverse voices and continued partnership

At the annual WineVit conference, WSU Viticulture & Enology Department Founding Chair Jean Dodson Peterson outlined an exciting future, explaining how V&E will support WSU’s larger goals of creating a diverse set of global leaders and applying research to real-world situations.

Jean Dodson Peterson speaks at a podium on a stage. A sign that says "Washington Winegrowers" is attached to the podium.

WSU wine industry research liaison recognized with Walter J. Clore Award

Melissa Hansen, Washington State Wine Commission research program director, is the 2022 Walter J. Clore Award winner. The award recognizes her work to establish a strong research partnership between the wine industry and WSU.

Melissa Hansen holds her trophy.

WSU grape smoke exposure expert named Innovator of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Department of V&E Assistant Professor Tom Collins was recently selected as Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Innovator of the Year for his influential research on grape smoke exposure mitigation.

Collins stands next to a barrel in the winery.

Student-created wines blend well with holiday celebrations

RICHLAND, Wash. — Those looking for a special wine to celebrate the holidays need search no further than the student-made wines of Washington State University’s Blended Learning class. The course, which is currently holding a holiday wine sale, was launched in 2012 by Thomas Henick-Kling, a WSU Department of Viticulture and Enology professor who recognized a […]

Annette Loring works with a wine instrumentation device in the wine science center, standing next to a barrell.

Q&A: Viticulture & Enology Department Founding Chair Jean Dodson Peterson

Jean Dodson Peterson joined WSU this fall as founding chair of the newly established Department of Viticulture and Enology. In a Q&A, she describes her goals for the department, including combatting climate change’s effect on grapes and curriculum redesign.

A woman in a black vest and gray shirt stands in a vineyard with blue sky in the background.