News & Events

Our calendar of events is listed below.

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 2012 Grape Day grower workshop in vineyard

(March 2020) Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are following evolving guidance from the CSU Chancellor's Office, as well as the state and local public health agencies. We regret to inform you that several viticulture and enology events planned for 2020 have been cancelled and/or postponed.  Thank you for your understanding.  We apologize for any inconvenience. (March 2020)

(May 2020) With the uncertainty of the ongoing public heallth situation, as well as budgetary constraints, Fresno State has extended the postponement of all in-person university events until August 1, 2020, and will re-evaluate at that time.  As such, planning for any further events should not occur until further notice.

Calendar of Events and Important Dates


June 6 - POSTPONED Fresno State Viticulture and Enology Anniversary Dinner to celebrate 20 years of the official Department of Viticulture and Enology (2000) and 35 years of the official Viticulture and Enology Research  Center (1985).  This dinner has been canceled due to the COVID-19 situation but hopes to be rescheduled to a later date, to be announced.

June 15-18 - CANCELLED - Joint 71st ASEV National Conference and 45th ASEV Eastern Section Annual Meeting 

June 19 - NGRA Mid-Year Board Meeting via Zoom

July 9 - Lodi Winegrape Commission + E. & J. Gallo: Grapevine Rootstock Field Day 2020

August 4 - Save the Date - Virtual Fresno State Grape Day featuring research updates. Program details and registration coming soon!  Watch for online registration in July. 

2020 Grape Day Save the Date image

August 4 - Wine Packaging Conference 2020, Yountvillle

August 9-13- ASHS Annual Conference 2020, Florida  

August 9-14 - Cornell University Viticulture & Enology Experience (CUVEE), Ithaca, NY

August 16-20 - American Chemical Society Conference 2020, San Francisco, CA

August 19 - First day of instruction - Fresno State fall semester (official first day of fall semester is August 17)

August 26 - Central Coast Insights 2020, Paso Robles

August 27 - WiVi Central Coast 2020, Paso Robles

August 27-30 - Paso Robles Wine Festival 2020 (cancelled for August 27-30; rescheduled for May 20-23, 2021)

August 28-30 - Greek Fest 2020, Fresno (Viticulture Club and Enology Society participation)

August (Tentative):  Annual Department of Viticulture & Enology Welcome Back Orientation 2020 for all new and returning Fresno State viticulture and enology students, staff, and faculty.

September 7 - Labor Day Holiday, campus closed

September 13 - Fresno State Jordan College and Ag One Ag Boosters BBQ 2020

September - California Wine Month 

September 15 - Wine Industry Technology Symposium, Copia, Napa

September 15-16 - Wine Industry Financial Symposium, Copia, Napa

September 18 - California Wine Month Celebration 2020, Madera Wine Trail Wineries,  6 pm

September 24-25 - International Conference on Applications of Viticulture and Vineyard Management, London, UK

October 2-4 - BottleRock, Napa (new date)

October TBA - Fall Harvest Wine Journey (Fresno County Wine Journey)

October 8-12; 14-18 - Big Fresno Fair

October 11-15 - Postponed: International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology - Stellenbosch, South Africa (postponed to 2021)

October 16-18 - Harvest Wine Weekend, Paso Robles

October 28-29 - International Bulk Wine & Spirits, San Francisco

November 6 - Central Coast Grape Expo by Malcolm Media, King City

November 10 - Tree & Vine Expo by Malcolm Media, Turlock

November TBA - Rootstock, Napa Valley Grape Growers

November 11  - Veteran's Day Holiday - No classes, offices closed

November 13 - Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo by Malcolm Media, Fresno Fairgrounds

November 13 - A Popular Tradition! Fresno State Viticulture Club Fall Harvest BBQ and fundraiser, Kings River Winery in Sanger.  Alumni, friends, and the grape and wine industry are invited to support this group of dedicated students.  2020 event details TBA.  Squareup Link

November 14-15 - Holiday Spirit Weekend featuring Madera Wine Trail wineries

November 15-20 - XIIIth International Terroir Congress, Australia (Going Virtual).  (Dr. Luca Brillante serves on the scientific committee)

November 16-18 - Sustainable Ag Expo & Int'l Sustainable Winegrowing Summit, San Luis Obispo

November 19 - NGRA End-of-Year Board Meeting via Zoom

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break - no classes, offices closed

December TBA - San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Assn. Annual Dinner & Forum, Fresno

December 3 - North Coast WIN Expo, Santa Rosa

December 3-4 - California Economic Summit, Monterey

December 9 - Last day of fall semester instruction

December 10-11 - Fresno State consultation days

December 14-17 - Fresno State final exams

December 24 - January 1 - Holiday Break - offices closed.


January TBA - San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium, Fresno (Easton) by UCCE

January 11 - NGRA Meeting of the Members, Sacramento

January 12 -14 - Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Cal Expo, Sacramento.  Visit Fresno State's Viticulture & Enology Booth A521 on January 13-14 (Building A)

January 13 - Fresno State's Annual Viticulture & Enology Alumni & Friends Reunion.  Plan on joining us for some Fresno State wine and products from our farm beginning at 6:30 pm.  Details  to follow.

January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday 

January 19 - First day of spring 2021 semester

January 21 - First day of spring 2021 instruction

February TBA - Fresno State Vine Pruning Contest, Fresno State Vineyard by Viticulture Club and Department of Viticulture and Enology

February 9-11 - World Ag Expo, Tulare

February 12-14 - Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend, Lodi

February 15 - Presidents' Day Holiday - no classes, offices closed

February TBA - IQ 2021 Innovation & Quality, Culinary Institute at Greystone, Napa (tentative)

March 16-18 - Eastern Winery Exposition, Syracuse, NY

March 29-April 2 - Spring Break - no classes

March 31 - Cesar Chavez Day Holiday - no classes, offices closed

April TBA - Fresno State Vintage Days 2021

April 20-21 - US Sustainable Winegrowing Summit East, North Fork of Long Island, NY

April 22-24 - Hospice du Rhone, Paso Robles

May 5 - Last day of spring 2021 instruction

May 6-7 - Fresno State consultation days

May 10-13 - Fresno State final exams

May 13 - Fresno State Department of Viticulture and Enology Graduation Dinner Celebrating the Class of 2021

June 21-24 - ASEV Annual Conference 2021, Monterey



Link to 2020-21 Fresno State Academic Calendar

Note:  Many non-university events related to the grape and wine industry are included in this calendar of events, however, may be subject to change without notice. Please contact each event organizer directly for program details.