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Wine and Viticulture
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Welcomes New Department Head, Benoît Lecat

We are thrilled to welcome Benoît Lecat as the new leader of Cal Poly's Wine and Viticulture Department. Lecat, who joins us from the School of Wine and Spirits Business in Burgundy, Dijon, France, will play an integral role in helping to raise additional funds needed for the university's planned Center for Wine and Viticulture. 

Cal Poly's Wine and Viticulture Department is fast-growing and has several exciting initiatives underway. Read on to learn the latest. 

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New Team Members Join the Department

Retired Cal Poly Professor Donates $250,000 to Wine and Viticulture Department

Paul Fountain, retired Cal Poly viticulture and fruit science professor, has donated $250,000 to the Wine and Viticulture Department so that it can plant and rehabilitate its teaching vineyard and make additional needed improvements to better satisfy Cal Poly's Learn by Doing philosophy.

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View the video below showing how donations like these make a huge impact on student success.

Center for Wine and Viticulture

The next big step in hands-on learning for budding wine and viticulture students is the Center for Wine and Viticulture. This unique educational facility will feature a bonded winery and learning facility that will allow students to gain a comprehensive understanding of vineyards and grape cultivation, the winemaking process, the business of wine marketing and distribution, as well as day-to-day operations and facility management. 

The Center for Wine and Viticulture, under development for several years, is moving closer to reality. Watch the video below to hear more about the center vision from one of its primary supporters, winemaker Jerry Lohr. 

Upcoming Events


Save the Date: 21st Annual Winemaker Dinner and Auction

Join Cal Poly Alumni, wine industry professionals and supporters of the Wine and Viticulture Department for the 21st annual Winemaker Dinner and Auction. The evening will feature an elegant five-course dinner paired with outstanding feature wines. The evening of entertainment includes a live and silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the Cal Poly Vines to Wines student club.

When: 6 - 9 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016

Where: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard, 300 Green Gate Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

Registration: Tickets are $100 per attendee/ $750 per table of eight / Each ticket includes a $30 tax-deductible contribution. This is a 21 and over event. 

Be on the lookout for more registration details and information! For more immediate information, contact Brynn Bradley, student event coordinator, at  

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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