The Little Lab with Big Impact on the Virginia Wine Industry
From Christina Franusich
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Every fall, a small lab on the outer edge of Virginia Tech's campus prepares and ships out hundreds of harvest kits to winemakers around the state and beyond to collect grape juice which will aid in the region's wine production. Since 2006, the Enology Analytical Services Laboratory in the Department of Food Science & Technology has become massively important to the Virginia wine industry by providing rapid turn-around chemical, physical, microbiological and sensory analyses of the freshly harvested juice winemakers will eventually turn into that delicious wine you may find at your local grocer or enjoy at your favorite restaurant.