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Department of Viticulture and Enology


Leah Groves

Leah Groves
Vineyard Technician

B.S. Animal Science; Livestock Business Management, California State University, Fresno

Office: Viticulture Fieldhouse   
Phone: 559-278-7945
Fax: 559-278-4199

Brief Introductory Statement:

Leah Groves, a graduate from Fresno State, serves as the Vineyard Technician for the Fresno State Vineyards. She is responsible for all aspects of grape production and vineyard operations in the university's vineyard which includes 120-acres of raisin, wine, and table grapes. The vineyards are used for the university's research, teaching, and production programs. She also assists Mark Salwasser with vineyard presentations and equipment demonstrations for educational events and classroom learning held in the Fresno State Vineyards.

Leah’s background in viticulture started at a young age within her family's estate winery located in Trinity County. When she came to Fresno State, she got to be involved in the Fresno State Farm where she worked in the orchard unit as a student. This hands-on experience prepared her for many of the tasks involved in the vineyard operation.