By Kari Richards Undergraduate Coordinator, Viticulture and Enology Program
This May, the second official class of graduates in Cornell's Viticulture and Enology (VIEN) Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will take their place in the industry, raising an alumni total to 15 since VIEN became an approved major at Cornell in May 2009. Brief biographies of last year's graduates are posted at the VIEN news blog. Prior to May 2009, 38 students interested in enology or viticulture completed their wine and grape coursework as plant science or food science majors. In fall 2009, 10 new students entered the major and two more transferred into the program from other colleges or majors. Admissions is still actively reviewing the next class of applicants, but 10 to 15 new first-year and transfer students are expected to enroll in the fall of 2010. The program's long-term goal is to have about 60 undergraduate students in the VIEN major. Complete information about the undergraduate program is found at the undergraduate web page, including information on curriculum, admissions, courses, internships, and the Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Club.