UW-Madison food science department celebrates industry partnership at Wollersheim Winery

Last Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Department of Food Science celebrated their expanding educational partnership with members of Wisconsin’s wine industry at an open house at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac. The event highlighted the department’s efforts to support the state’s growing industry and featured a 30-minute program followed by a reception and tour of the winery.

A new food science course for undergraduates – FS375: The Science of Wine – was launched last spring as part of the industry partnership. Students in the inaugural course learned about the chemistry and microbiology involved in making wine and participated in the production of a red blend at Wollersheim. The collaborative project – known as Campus Craft Winery – yielded 230 cases of wine, which were sold under the name “Red Fusion.”

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Students in this year’s FS375 course listen to Philippe Coquard, winemaker at Wollersheim Winery.

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Students in this year’s FS375 course watch part of the winemaking process with Philippe Coquard, winemaker at Wollersheim Winery.

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Students who worked on the current release of Red Fusion celebrate the finished product at last year’s event.

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A photo from earlier this year shows the processing of grapes that will go into the upcoming red wine.