Department of Viticulture and Enology

WSU alumna returns as V&E department’s newest winemaker

As the newest winemaker in WSU’s Department of Viticulture & Enology, alumna Madelyn Caleron is living out her passion.

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Love of food science leads WSU grad student to research solutions for smoke-affected wines

Charity Maosah’s passion for agriculture and food science stems from an inquisitive personality and a childhood spent on her family’s farm in Kenya.

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Auction of Washington Wines event raises more than $150,000 for WSU wine science research

WSU wine science faculty, staff, and students joined vintners and other wine industry members for the 2024 Auction of Washington Wines Private Barrel Auction.

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First-gen WSU transfer student looks ahead to bright future in wine industry

WSU transfer student Hector Estrada knows that when he graduates with a bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology this spring, he’ll have the work experience and knowledge necessary for a successful career in the wine industry.

Hector stands next to rows of wine barrels sitting on their sides.

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.

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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.

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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.

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