Welcome message from the WVIT Department Head, Dr Benoît LECAT
Our program is the only program in the U.S. to integrate in depth the three key facets of the wine industry: viticulture, enology and wine business.
To implement this from grape-to-glass mission, the Wine and Viticulture Department has its own teaching vineyard (Paul Fountain Vineyard) and commercial vineyard (Trestle Vineyard) that produced its first crop — close to 10 tons — in fall 2020.
In addition, the department is selling commercial wines with the help of a team of wine and viticulture students.
Finally, the new JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture will be completed in the end of the summer 2021/early Fall 2021. This $22 million project to modernize Cal Poly’s wine and viticulture program is solely donor funded. The new Center for Wine and Viticulture includes a bonded 5,000-case production, teaching and research winery, as well as classroom and laboratory space providing students with a learning environment similar to what they will experience in the wine industry.