Wine is Life
My focus at OSU is Enology & Viticulture, i.e. winemaking, and that pretty much sums up my passion… wine! Wine is a direct reflection of the soil it comes from, and the climate that the grapes grew in. Every major region grows grapes and makes wine differently, so it’s also an interesting way to learn about cultural practices and history. I’m also very interested in studying foreign languages - it’s a big challenge to learn a new language, but every step of the way is rewarding in its own way. You get to talk to new people, learn about new cultures, and if you’re lucky, travel the world! Wine is made everywhere, and after college I hope to harvest wine grapes in different countries and practice languages!
Wine is Science
I wanted to pursue a science-based degree that had a promising job outlook and didn’t require graduate school. Enology & Viticulture is a field of study that builds a strong foundation in the sciences, like chemistry and microbiology, while teaching a technical skill, winemaking and grape growing. Plus, wine is fun and I will continue learning about it beyond college. I hope that my studies will teach me what I need in order to make a nice glass of bubbly.
Wine is Hiring!
The wine industry has so many jobs available, from lab technician to winemaker to head of marketing to sommelier. I want to work in many of these roles and learn, hands-on, about the process: from soil to grapes to wine to bottle to glass. I’d like to work for an Italian importing company, to practice speaking Italian and learn about what it takes to sell wine internationally. I’d also like to produce my own wines some day, and I’m especially interested in sparkling wines. AgSci is helping me get my foot in the door in the wine industry, no matter what job I end up doing.
Through my degree program, I’ve made many connections in our community. For several years now I’ve worked at Tyee Wine Cellars - a local winery whose first winemaker was OSU’s former professor and wine researcher, Barney Watson. At Tyee, I’ve gained a lot of experience in winery operations. Also, I’ve helped bottle wine for Vincent Wine Company (pictured below).