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Yakima Valley College students continue to produce quality wine

Barrels of wine that students have made are sitting to age for that perfect taste. Students produce around 300 to 500 cases of wine a year.

GRANDVIEW, Wash.- Spring Barrel Tasting is a little more than a week away and don't be surprised when you see some Yakima Valley College students there.

YVC's Grandview Campus has had a wine making program for about 10 years and their wines have won more than 60 awards.

Trent Ball is the agriculture program chair at YVC’s Grandview campus and has been part of Yakima Valley Vintners since the program started.

The students in the program produce between 300 to 500 cases of wine a year and have done well in every competition they've entered.

Ball says the program at YVC is different because it gives students the chance to see the fruits of their labor.

"You get to walk away with something of value that you can share with a prospective employer that you have crafted and shared what you have done," he said.

The program takes about two years to complete and students can choose which part of the wine making process they want to study, from growing the grapes to making the wine.

Sangeetha Kunhiraman is a first year student and has a background in communications. This program gives her a chance to try something different.

"Everything is brand spanking new,” she said. “It's like going back to kindergarten all over again."

The students will provide tours of the facility and host educational stations for guests at Spring Barrel Tasting.

Yakima Valley Vintners will also be hosting their annual “Grape to Glass Gala” on May 13th. The event will include a winemaker’s dinner paired with Yakima Valley Vintners’ wines, a silent auction, music and dancing.

The gala is also a way to celebrate the success of graduates from the program who are working in the grape and wine industry. This year we will feature two graduates from the vineyard and winery technology programs.

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