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with Oklahoma viticulture and enology
Since the late 1800s, Oklahoma State University (then called Oklahoma A&M College) has been involved with viticulture throughout the state. However, the recent expansion of the wine-making industry has demanded that OSU address viticulture and enology issues with greater urgency. In 2000, the first Grape Management Short Course was held at the Herman Hinrichs Conference Center at the OSU Perkins Fruit and Nut Research Station (now the Cimarron Valley Research Station). The course continues to thrive and has had excellent enrollment since its inception. Involved with teaching this course are university professors and other individuals with ties to the industry.

Who We Are

OSU strives to provide the best educational opportunities to address issues that concern Oklahoma grape growers and wine makers. Research also plays an important role in our viticultural and enological efforts and we will continue to expand these efforts. We have had a large cultivar and rootstock trial vineyard at Perkins since 2001 which has yielded a tremendous amount of information with direct applicability to Oklahoma grape growers. Great potential exists in Oklahoma for growing grapes and making wine of high quality and our team of experts at OSU will be in the vanguard to aid the industry in developing a strong, sustainable future.

Producer Resources

Advanced Viticulture & Ecology Workshops 

Since 2001, Oklahoma State has offered a Grape Management Course to those individuals who have an established vineyard or to those who are just getting into the industry.

Enology Lab

Located inside the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus, the Enology Lab is a sister lab to the Fruit and Vegetable Products Laboratory, directed by Dr. William McGlynn.

Grapevine Pests and Diseases

Grapevine pests and diseases include animals, insects, fungus, and bacteria that can cause grapevine damage and crop loss. Pests and diseases will damage leaf and cane tissue, fruit, wood, and roots which can harm the grapevine usually resulting in improper growth, crop loss, or even grapevine death.

Oklahoma Grape Industry Council

The OGIC mission is to promote the entire wine industry in the state, to encourage camaraderie among the hobbyist, viticulturist, and vintner alike and to promote education to facilitate the resulting production of grapes, wine and all associated by products at the highest standard. 


Meet Our Staff

Aaron Wayne Essary

Assistant Extension Specialist, Viticulture & Enology
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
339 Agriculture Hall
(405) 744-7472

William McGlynn

Horticultural Food Scientist
Food and Agricultural Products Center
148 FAPC
(405) 744-7573

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