Viticulture and Enology at Cornell University became an official major in 2008. The program addresses the region’s unique challenges—the climate, soils, varieties, pests, and markets—while also providing an excellent grounding in other regions’ climates, grape varieties, and winemaking techniques. The wine industry in New York and the Northeast has rapidly expanded, creating a need for people with the skills to manage vineyards and run wineries.
The Viticulture and Enology major offers two concentrations. The Viticulture Concentration focuses on grape production processes, and the Enology Concentration provides the necessary viticulture background while emphasizing the wine production aspect of the industry. Students receive a strong foundation in the physical, biological, and social sciences. College distribution requirements ensure a broad educational background for all students. Learning outcomes emphasize scientific and practical understanding as well as communication and problem solving skills.