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Viticulture and Enology

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Could there be a more romantic major than wine? Students of viticulture and enology swish mouthfuls of Merlot and compare them to notes of coffee, lavender, wormwood and star anise for a grade. They roam the campus vineyards with a professor and classmates who don wide-brimmed sun hats as they test grape leaves for their hydration. They can crush grapes, ferment wine and travel to France for internships. Come study grape growing (viticulture) and wine making (enology) along with a dose of statistical analysis at one of the most highly ranked public universities in the nation and the world.

Major Requirements

The viticulture and enology major stresses the scientific aspects of the discipline, and requires you to complete a thorough grounding in the natural sciences before you proceed to more advanced courses. At the upper division, you will take courses in at least three of five main areas: plant science, food science and microbiology, economics and business, foreign language and internships. This well-rounded program provides you with a balance of skills needed for understanding and advancement in your career.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Cellar Manager
  • Chemist
  • Enologist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Microbiologist
  • Sales Representative
  • Sensory Scientist
  • Tasting Room Manager

Graduate Study

  • Horticulture and agronomy
  • Food science
  • Agricultural and environmental chemistry
  • Viticulture and enology
  • Medicine

Alumni Employers

  • E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Gloria Ferrer Wines
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Tastevinage
  • Hanzell Vineyards
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