Fresno State is the first university in the nation with a license to operate a winery as part of its overall educational program. The Fresno State Winery is operated and funded by the Agricultural Foundation of California State University, Fresno, a recognized campus auxiliary organization, which also manages and operates other farm enterprises in support of the hands-on educational experience for our students. The Winery received its license in 1997 and the first commercial wine that was bottled and sold was a white table wine named for professor emeritus, Dr. Vincent Petrucci. All net proceeds from the Winery benefit the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and the Department of Viticulture and Enology.
The Fresno State Winery and our student winemakers have achieved continuous recognition for producing quality wines by winning numerous medals. Each year, the winery is represented at both national and international wine competitions, consistently receiving numerous gold and silver medals, including “Best of Class.” These awards, in addition to our 100% graduate employment rate, have brought unparalleled acclaim to Fresno State and the San Joaquin Valley.
All Fresno State wines are produced by students with the guidance and supervision from our faculty. Fresno State’s prestigious program is known for engaging students in all aspects of the winemaking process. The process begins with student participation in vineyard practices to ensure our grapes are of the highest quality. Grapes are harvested and brought to our winery from our own vineyards as well as from local vineyards throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Throughout fermentation and cellaring, wines are managed by student winemakers and, at the appropriate time, blended and bottled.