Viticulture and Enology

Viticulture and Enology Credit Courses

These courses are currently taught on the Ft. Collins campus during alternating fall sessions.  It is proposed that these courses may be taught at the Ram’s Point Winery, located at the Western Colorado Research Center-Orchard Mesa-Orchard Mesa (WCRC-OM) in Grand Junction, CO.  For qualifying students, HORT 477 is being taught at the Orchard Mesa location in Summer Session 2013, as well as the HORT 487 Internship for either viticulture or enology.  Further sessions are under development.

Viticulture and Enology Courses to be potentially offered at WCRC-OM, in the future

HORT 277      Enology I

HORT 477      Enology II

HORT 452      Viticulture-Grape Production

HORT 462      Viticulture-Practices in Grape Production

HORT 487      Internship

CSU Viticulture and Enology Internships at WCRC-OM

The CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture offers a Viticulture and Enology Concentration within the Horticulture degree program.  A limited amount of internships are offered as HORT 487 credits for the Viticulture and Enology Concentration at the WCRC-OM location, including the station experimental vineyard and the Ram’s Point Winery.  Partnerships for sharing internships among WCRC-OM and industry cooperators can be arranged for HORT 487 credit.  Non-credit internships can also be arranged with industry cooperators.  Shared internships with cooperating educational institutions are in development.  For information on internships, contact Dr. Stephen Menke or Dr. Horst Caspari at WCRC-OM 970-434-3264.

Outreach Partnerships

The WCRC-OM houses the Viticulture and Enology Outreach functions for the Colorado wine and grape industry.  Viticulture and Enology Outreach is a major effort to disseminate research information, and to promote grape and wine industry Best Practices that result in high grape and wine quality and sustainable economics for the industry.  Outreach is carried out, through a partnership among CSU, CWIDB, and CAVE, under the direction of Dr. Horst Caspari as the Colorado State Viticulturist and Dr. Stephen Menke as the Colorado State Enologist.  Outreach functions include formal educational workshops, short courses, and educational meetings, as well as informal consultations with industry via site visits, phone, email, and written communications.

For outreach information, including a schedule for workshops, courses , meetings, , link to the WCRC website at

Ram’s Point Winery Faculty

Stephen D. Menke

Colorado State University associate professor of enology Stephen MenkeSteve is Associate Professor of Enology, Colorado State University, Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and honorary State Enologist. Steve received his B.Sc. in Agriculture at University of Saskatchewan, 1980, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at University of Wyoming, 1992.

His wine industry experience began with researching Pierce’s Disease, University of Arizona and as extension advisor to Arizona Wine Board.  He became Manager/assistant winemaker at Sonoita Vineyards, Arizona.  He then served as Enology Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and honorary State Enologist, followed by service as Extension Enology Educator, Penn State University and honorary State Enologist.

Steve came from a four generation, irrigated, diversified farm in Nebraska.  Leaving stability, he followed nose and heart to various endeavors, carrying love of family agriculture and good meals with him.  He discovered wine with meals, and it has since been his primary focus.  He always answers to food and wine.  He believes farm wineries are important to keeping and revitalizing American family farming

He teaches enology courses and performs research in chemical and sensory analysis of aromas for cultivar and terroir differentiation.  His outreach and extension involves on-site consultations, formal quality assurance testing, and product development.  His program goal is to foster total sensory quality management, from soil to fruit to wine to mouth to brain to lifestyle.

Horst Caspari

Born and educated in Germany, Horst studied Agricultural Science at the University of Bonn, Germany, and has a Diplom Agrar Ingenieur (equivalent to Agricultural M.S. degree) and Doctor of Agriculture (equivalent to PhD) from Bonn University. He was a visiting scientist at the Department of Horticultural Colorado State University professor of viticulture Horst Caspari inspects wine grape vines growing in the Western Colorado Research Center?s Orchard Mesa site vineyard.Science at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand from 1990 to 1993. He held the position of Post-Doc (1994) and Research Scientist (1995 – 2000) with the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand prior to joining Colorado State University in July 2000.