The VITIS Club at Oregon State University gives students the opportunity for hands-on vineyard management and winemaking at the research vineyard and pilot plant.
VITIS is the plant genus for grape and a fitting title for the student group that provides an educational and social outlet for students with an interest in grape and wine production and appreciation. Club members coordinate vineyard and winery tours, educational wine tastings and vineyard events throughout the year. The group has been trading work for grapes by assisting in vineyard management duties at the OSU Woodhall III research and education vineyard in order to provide fruit for club winemaking activities.
This is an excellent opportunity for members to get hands-on experience in vineyard management during the growing season, harvest fruit and experience the winemaking process from start to finish. We encourage students to be creative, innovative and pursue interests they have regarding wine and vines through club activities.
VITIS club is open to everyone on campus and we encourage participation from all aspects of the university. VITIS is intended to be a network between people who want to learn more about viticulture and enology through active participation and observation—roll up your sleeves and dig in! There is much to be had in education and experience! Students under the age of 21 are welcome; however, they may not play an active role in wine production or wine tasting events.
If you have questions about this club, please contact club advisor, Dr. James Osborne, for more information.