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.