What is VESTA?
The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a partnership
The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded partnership between the Missouri State University system and colleges, universities, vineyards and wineries across America. These partners share a 21st Century vision for education in grape growing and winemaking.
The goal of VESTA is to establish programs of study in viticulture, enology, and wine business entrepreneurship through collaborations with educational institutions, government and industry. This unique partnership of universities and community colleges across the nation provides students access to online coursework, thereby enabling learning to occur anytime, anywhere.
Additionally, the VESTA program provides opportunities for students to participate in hands-on field experiences through partnerships developed with local vineyards and wineries, thus providing students with practical wine industry experience near their current location.
VESTA serves as a pathway for individuals interested in certificated training in viticulture, enology and wine business entrepreneurship. In addition, students interested in progressing to an Associates Degree of Applied Science may utilize the high quality courses of VESTA in conjunction with general education courses taken through an Alliance member institution or at a local college.