Although the term viticulture is not often heard, it simply refers to the growing and culture of grapes. Southwest Michigan is home to vineyards and wineries of all sizes. Our region is considered one of the up-and-coming areas in wine production and local wine grape production is currently not keeping pace with the demand in the wine industry. Juice grape production is an established, large local industry. In a 2005 study, the Michigan Wine and Grape Industry Council and Welch’s found the economic impact of wine, grape, and grape juice in Michigan to be $789.3 million.
Michigan State University, the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA), and Lake Michigan College have partnered to offer the viticulture program together. Students take specific courses needed for the program through LMC, some through MSU, and the rest through VESTA. Students must be concurrently enrolled at LMC, VESTA, and MSU to qualify for financial aid in this program.
View the Enrollment Process for the MSU IAT Viticulture Program at Lake Michigan College.
Learn more about the program and viticulture research MSU is conducting.