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What is VESTA?

Grape and Wine Education for the 21st Century

Imagine taking specialized courses, earning college credit, and expanding your understanding of the grape and wine industry from the convenience of your home or office.  The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a national grape and wine education program that combines the flexibility of industry-validated online instruction; instructor guided education from industry professionals; and crucial hands on mentored experiences at a vineyard or winery close to where you live.  VESTA brings education to students in the U.S. and around the world.
Register Now for  Spring and Summer 2022
Registration DEADLINE VIN 215 (04/22/2022)
Registration DEADLINE Summer 22 (05/20/2022)

Registered Apprenticeships for Vineyards & Wineries

Stan Howell Memorial Scholarship

Featured Instructional Video

Vineyard Development Year 3

Dr. Merilark Padgett-Johnson describes the features of a vineyard in its third year.

Faculty & Staff
What Do Students Have to Say About VESTA?

"Sometimes I think I am the luckiest guy in the world. I have just finished another really good class tonight ...and another really great week of assignments and learning with Marilyn Odneal ...I feel very blessed."
~Walter Borda, OH

 I enjoyed..."the instructor involvement, very hands on and accessible. Detailed videos and readings as well as initiating communication between students."
~ VESTA Student (re: VIN 111 - Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment)

 "Prior to VESTA, I never thought I would have access to so many grape and wine industry icons. It has really been a dream come true for me. Thanks!!"
~David Popp, OH

 ”The teacher was the best asset of this class, he was entertaining and informative."
~ VESTA Student (re: VIN 110 - Introduction to Wine Microbiology)

 "This program allows students in any geographic area access to quality material and expert instructors without having to relocate or quit a job. This is an outstanding program."
~ VESTA Student (re: VIN 146 - Introduction to Enology)

See what VESTA student, Josh Bryant, has to say about VESTA.