The Purdue Wine Grape Team enology lab is managed by Jill Blume, enology specialist. The lab provides complimentary quality assessment services to the Indiana wine industry. The services include wine analyses and sensory evaluations. As part of its quality system, the lab participates in the ASEV-CTS wine laboratory proficiency testing program.
Richard P. Vine Enology Library
The Richard P. Vine Enology Library houses a vast anthology of international wine books, including J.J. Dufour's original American Vine-Dresser's Guide from 1826 and a precious collection of hundreds of bottles of fine wines from around the world. The library was established in 1998 and is supported by a generous donation from vintner Fred Franzia and the Bronco Wine Company.
The Purdue Wine Grape Team pilot winery features commercial-grade winemaking equipment and is used for two main purposes: to provide undergraduate and graduate students hands-on learning about commercial winemaking practices, and to produce experimental wines from varietal grape growing trials at the Purdue Agricultural Centers. The finished wines are presented every year at the Indiana Horticultural Congress to professional winegrowers to assist them in future planting decisions.
Horticulture Greenhouses and Viticulture and Pomology Lab
Purdue Horticulture and Landscape Architecture has a state-of-the-art greenhouse and plant growth facility for research. It is used for propagation and viticulture studies.
Bruce Bordelon and Peter Hirst, professor and associate professor of horticulture, share a modern research lab suitable for detailed bench studies or whole plant research.