FLCC main building on the Canandaigua Campus

Viticulture and Wine Center

About Us and Our Partners

The Finger Lakes Region

New York State is home to a $6.5-billion wine industry, including over 450 wineries and 35,000 acres of vineyards. With a cool climate and short growing season, the region receives worldwide recognition for its Riesling, while also producing a healthy variety of other whites, rosés, sparklings and reds. The Finger Lakes is the fastest developing of the state's wine-growing regions.

The charm of the Finger Lakes region goes beyond the vineyard, as people come from all over the world to explore the small town rural atmosphere of our 11 Finger Lakes. Here, students experience the ultimate outdoor classroom!

Regional Partners

Operating in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Finger Lakes Grape Program, students have the opportunity to conduct research and hold demonstrations for local grape growers. At FLCC's neighboring outdoor classroom – the Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company – students prune vines in the winter, scout for potential diseases and insect pests in the summer, and harvest grapes in the fall for a student winemaking project.

Advisory Board

FLCC established its viticulture and wine technology program with collaboration from individuals, wineries, and businesses associated with the wine industry in the Finger Lakes region and around the world. A special thanks goes out to the following viticulture advisory board members:

Shannon Brock

Co-Owner-Estate Manger
Silver Thread Vineyard

Justine Vanden Heuvel

Assistant Professor of Viticulture
Cornell University

August Diemel


Matt Doyle

Doyle Vineyard Management

Tim Benedict

VP of Winemaking
Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars

Morton Hallgren

Ravines Wine Cellars

Peter Martini

Vineyard Manager
Anthony Road Wine Company

David V. Peterson

Swedish Hill, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay Wineries

Hans Walter Peterson

Extension Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Finger Lakes Grape Program

Scott Osborn

Fox Run Vineyards

Paige Vinson

Casa Larga Vineyards

FLCC Contacts

Gina Lee

Coordinator, Viticulture and Wine Technology
FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center
100 Empire Drive, Geneva, NY 14456
(585) 785-1183

John Foust

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation & Horticulture
Office: 2222, Canandaigua Campus
(585) 785-1599

Contact Us

FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center
100 Empire Drive, Geneva, NY 14456
(585) 785-1183


The FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 AM-10 PM for classes and students in the Viticulture and Wine Technology program. Public appointments can be made by request.