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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience (CUVEE)

August 5-10, 2018

About the program

Chardonnay Grape ClustersCUVEE's hands-on approach, combined with aspects of the Viticulture and Enology Program, results in a concise introduction to the methods for growing wine grapes, the biology behind wine production, and the techniques of sensory analysis of wine.

While focusing on procedures used in smaller vineyards and wineries, you will delve into three main areas:

  1. Viticulture
    • Learn in detail about grapes and how they grow;
    • Visit top growers to observe vineyard practices;
    • Gain hands-on experience practicing key grape-growing techniques in real vineyards;
    • Taste wines that demonstrate the effects of vineyard practices on wine quality;
    • Enjoy a winemaker's dinner in a private cellar at a winery; and
    • Study the effects of climate and terroir on grape and wine flavors.
  2. Enology
    • Train for and practice the sensory evaluation of wines, identifying positive and negative attributes and learning how these flavors develop in wines;
    • Investigate the general steps in the winemaking process and deepen this knowledge through discussion of the production of particular wines with Finger Lakes winemakers;
    • Understand the importance of microbiology to winemaking and practice good yeast and bacteria inoculation techniques to start fermentations;
    • Experience the flavor perception effects of interactions between foods and wines;
    • Practice blending wines to create the best possible final product;
    • Evaluate wines chosen to demonstrate outcomes of scientific enology principles discussed in lectures.
  3. Business
    • Attend a luncheon business seminar on starting a wine business with ample time for questions. Speakers will include a Cornell economics faculty member and winery owners.

Cornell University is ideally suited to offer this unique program. The university has a long history of grape and wine research, beginning with a grape-breeding program in 1888. Since that time, Cornell has developed numerous important grape-growing practices, such as detailed canopy management of vines and vineyard mechanization.

Cornell's outstanding Viticulture and Enology Program, part of the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and its research at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, have attracted experts from around the world and enabled the university to develop close relations within the grape and wine industry that will provide excellent opportunities for you to interact with key growers and winemakers.

In addition, Cornell is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes, an area receiving global attention as a successful wine region producing some of the best Riesling wines in the world.

Read more about Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program in the Wine Spectator.