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Viticulture and Enology Research Center

About Us

Research in viticulture began as early as 1970 with a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct research with dried on the vine raisins. From that initial project, the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) began to develop and grow. The viticulture and enology research program has a history of strong industry partnerships. Donations from the grape and wine industry founded the first research building, which was constructed in 1978. This research facility was known then as the Viticulture Research Center and was an integral part of the agriculture programs at this university.  Over the years, the enology research programs were integrated into the  research center. 

In 1984, the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) was officially established through the California Agricultural Technology Institute on campus. Professor Vincent E. Petrucci served as VERC's first Director and an Advisory Board comprised of industry leaders was created. This Center continues to be recognized today as an applied research and education center for the grape and wine industries. Through applied research and partnerships with the industry, faculty and research scientists address real-world problems that have the potential for improving quality, as well as increasing the profitability of the grower or winemaker.

In 1994, the VERC Building Campaign was a success, resulting in the renovation and expansion of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center facilities, originally built in the 1970s.  This building project was entirely funded by our grape and wine industry partners, alumni, and friends. 

We are currently in phase III of the building campaign to continue the work that began all those years ago. The priorities for this phase are; restoring and painting the exterior of the main building, upgrading the electrical infrastructure and HVAC systems, and repairing and remodeling the event area next to the vineyards. Please visit the Viticulture and Enology department website for more information on phase III of the building campaign. 

Viticulture and Enology Research Center
California State University Fresno
2360 E. Barstow Avenue, MS VR89
Fresno, CA 93740-8003
Phone: (559) 278-2253
Fax: (559) 278-4795
Office hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summer hours (mid-May through mid-August): 7:00 am - 3:30 pm