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Increase your wine knowledge & practice working vines & making wine

Pairing acclaimed faculty members from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program with leading winery owners, vineyard managers, grape growers, and winemakers, CUVEE offers a hands-on introduction to growing grapes and making and analyzing wine.

With the beautiful Finger Lakes wine region as your classroom, you'll increase your wine appreciation and knowledge while also learning about

  • Key agricultural components of growing grapes
  • The importance of microbiology in wine making
  • Scientific principles behind viticulture and enology
  • The business aspects of owning or investing in a winery

Along the way you'll savor and evaluate wines during specially designed tastings, enjoy a winemaker's dinner in a private cellar, and explore vibrant Finger Lakes vineyards.

Cornell University Viticulture & Enology Experience (CUVEE)
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  • Learn methods for growing wine grapes.
  • Investigate the effects of climate and soils on grapes and wine.
  • Study wine microbiology and fermentation basics.
  • Visit top growers to observe vineyard practices.
  • Practice working vines and making wine.
  • Gain an insider's view of the winemaking business.
  • Practice techniques for the sensory analysis of wine.

Read more about Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program.


CUVEE is taught by Kathleen Arnink and Alan Lakso, who will be joined by leading winery owners, vineyard managers, grape growers, winemakers, and others for this hands-on program.

Kathleen Arnink
Wine microbiology researcher and undergraduate educator, Viticulture and Enology Program, Cornell University
Dr. Alan N. Lakso
Professor emeritus, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University

Participant experiences

"Alan and Kathy were fantastic! In addition, the practical information was extremely helpful, from the meetings with vineyard owners to the business and marketing sessions."

"Practical, down-to-earth, and very hands on. A nice balance between field and classroom and as much tasting as one could ever wish for."