Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC)
In 1984, the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) was officially established through the California Agricultural Technology Institute on the Fresno State campus. Professor Vincent E. Petrucci served as VERC’s first Director and an Advisory Board comprised of industry leaders was created. VERC 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 grape and wine industry partners, alumni and friends.
Many faculty in the Department of Viticulture and Enology conduct research on topics pertinent to the grape and wine industry through the Viticulture and Enology Research Center. Throughout the year, the department and research center hosts educational events, as well as scientists and students from across the nation and around the world.