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Viticulture and Enology Research Center

Research - Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC)

Affiliated Researchers and students conduct grape and wine research through the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC). VERC is widely recognized as an applied research and education powerhouse for the California raisin, table, wine grape, and wine industry.  Through partnerships including industry, state, academia, and government entities, faculty, and research scientists conduct solution-driven research and disseminate knowledge to the grape and wine industry and community.  

VERC is one of three research centers under the auspices of the California Agricultural Technology Institute within the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.   

Students may enhance their academic careers by working under the direction of affiliated researchers on projects designed to benefit the grape and wine industry. We also have several industry-funded research assistantships available each year to interested students who work and learn under the direction of our Affiliated researchers. There are assistantships available to both undergraduate and graduate students. 

With a history of industry support, the Viticulture and Enology Research Center building provides research laboratories, administrative and faculty offices, meeting space, and a specialized viticulture and enology library that is available to the campus community and the public. Other unique facilities used for research and teaching include the raisin processing plant, research winery, commercial winery, and campus vineyard.   

Centers within Jordan College’s California Agricultural Technology Institute

Within Jordan College, there are three centers: IFA (Institute for Food and Agriculture), VERC (Viticulture and Enology Research Center), and CIT (Center for Irrigation Technology).  The vision of these three centers is to collaboratively position Fresno State as being recognized as the “go to” university campus for applied agricultural research leveraging faculty expertise, student engagement, University Agricultural Laboratory (“the farm”), research facilities (JARC) and industry partnerships.


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The Center for Irrigation Technology

Independent research and testing facility assisting designers, users, and manufacturers of irrigation equipment to achieve technological advances.

Fresno State Farm

Institute for Food and Agriculture

Collaborates with agribusinesses to conduct applied research/trainings leveraging faculty expertise, student engagement, research facilities and the university agricultural laboratory.

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Viticulture and Enology Research Center

Serves the grape and wine industry by developing and applying new and emerging technologies in viticulture, enology and their related disciplines.