Patty Skinkis

Associate Professor, Viticulture Extension Specialist
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Office: 541-737-1411

Do you accept grad students?: 
I accept graduate students for Horticulture

My research focuses on sustainable vineyard management practices including canopy management, yield management, vineyard floor management, and the impact these cultural practices have on fruit composition and wine quality. My Extension activities are statewide and include developing statewide programs, staying in communication with regional Extension faculty in the various winegrape regions of the state. In doing so, we develop various forms of educational programs and materials to meet the needs of the Oregon winegrape industry.

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Courses Taught: 
  • Hort 454:  Principles & Practices of Vineyard Production (2008 - present)
  • Online Extension Viticulture Courses (2008-2015)
  • Guest lecturer:  Hort 112, Hort 511, Hort 452/552, FST 466, Hort 301
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I am the primary Viticulture Extension Specialist and an Assistant Professor. As an Extension Specialist, I spend the majority of my time developing and delivering research information and educational outreach materials for the commercial winegrape industry in Oregon. As part of my viticulture program, I conduct applied research that impacts the commercial winegrape industry and contributes to the broader knowledge of grapevine physiology. I also teach two upper-division courses in the Department of Horticulture, both related to viticulture.

I grew up near Green Bay, Wisconsin on my family’s dairy farm. It was a wonderful upbringing that helped me develop a good, honest work ethic. Also, the area has the best things in life: cheese, beer, and some of the best football on Earth!

My Publications


Journal Article


Journal Article


Journal Article

B. P. Bordelon, Skinkis, P. A., and Howard, P. H., Impact of training system on vine performance and fruit composition of Traminette, American journal of enology and viticulture, vol. 59, pp. 39–46, 2008.