Tony Wolf, professor of horticulture, and Bruce Zoecklein, professor of food science and technology both in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, are recognized around the world for their research and outreach in the areas of viticulture and enology. Through their work with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Wolf and Zoecklein are directly impacting the growth of the commonwealth’s grape and wine industry.
Wolf, who is also director of the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in Winchester, Va., and an Extension viticulturist, has a range of research interests, including grape variety adaptation to Virginia. When he first arrived on the job in 1986, Virginia’s wineries numbered fewer than 30 and winery owners were still trying to determine which grape varieties to grow. Read More.