Because we are in an age of continual diversity in our everyday lives, that diversity is also found in technological advancement in the Wine Industry. In the USA, the National Science Foundation has a program called VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance). This Foundation is now concentrating its efforts on Grape and Wine Education for the 21st Century.
I had the privelege to meet VESTA National Center Director, Michelle Norgren, while they were visiting Flatcreek Estate Winery, located an hour west of the State Capital Austin, Texas. When most people think of wine, they don’t necessarily think of technology. But without the advances in research (not only on the vines but also in the equipment used to produce wine) we would not have the International quality standards that we have today. With VESTA, they want to ensure quality training for viticulture in line with new developments of technology that improves winemaking conditions as a whole.
Headquartered at the University of Missouri, VESTA was present at the 2013 High Impact Technology Exchange Conferences that was held this year in Austin from July 21-24th. The VESTA programs can be found in many two-year colleges across the Nation. In Texas, you can find VESTA at the Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas.
Have a look at the explanation given by Michelle Norgren of VESTA.