Joseph Geller

Joseph Geller


Trump Winery
Charlottesville, VA

Phone: 434-566-4170



VIN 111 - Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment

VIN 214 - Spring Viticulture Technology

VIN 293 - Soils for Viticulture

Joseph Geller earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of South Carolina and a master of science in Viticulture and Enology from California State University Fresno. 

Geller woked at Surry Community College beginning July 2014 as the Viticulture Instructor. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and providing students with professional expertise.  Joseph currently works as the viticulturist for Trump Winery in Charlottesville, VA. 

He enjoys SCC's VEN program because it is practical and hands on, which fits well with his teaching style. While a graduate research assistant at California State University Fresno, Geller managed a large-scale research project with a focus on mechanical canopy management. Previously, Geller served as a viticulturist at Treasury Wine Estates in the Napa, Sonoma, and California Central Coast regions. He also worked in production and sales at Idle Hour Winery in Oakhurst, California.  His research and industry experience on the West Coast is being used to guide decisions on the SCC's teaching vineyard that he oversees.