The Viticulture and Enology (V&E) major prepares students for further education in graduate school or to move immediately into a position in the workforce. V&E majors have a strong foundation in the basic sciences, in addition to focused coursework in winemaking and viticulture. Perhaps more importantly, as Cornell graduates, they have honed their communication and critical evaluation skills. V&E alumni have the ability to identify and solve problems and the flexibility to follow interests that they develop throughout their lives.


Michael Reidy '06 adjusts the crusher-destemmer at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

Students who graduate with a degree in Viticulture and Enology at Cornell University pursue careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Winemaking
  • Vineyard Management
  • Teaching/Research
  • Wine Business

About 20% of alumni pursue a graduate degree in fields such as viticulture/enology, plant science, hospitality, and food science.

Alumni hold positions in many companies and institutions, including:

  • WillaKenzie Winery, Wine Production
  • Bedell Cellars, Wine Production and Sales
  • University of Missouri, Assistant Research Professor in Enology
  • Crosby Street Hotel, Beverage Manager
  • Walla Walla Community College, Instructor and Wine Sales
  • Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Grower Relations Assistant
  • Robert Mondavi Winery, Winemaker
  • Surrey Community College, Instructor
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Winemaker
  • Pearmund Cellars, Vineyard Manager
  • E. & J. Gallo Winery, Assistant Winemaker
  • Farm Credit East, Credit Analyst

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