Washington Advancements in Viticulture and Enology (WAVE) has become the signature research event for Washington's wine industry. Co-sponsored by the Wine Commission and Washington State University, the annual research seminars are designed to bring viticulture and enology research results into the hands of users and raise awareness of the value of research amongst grape growers and winemakers.

WAVE follows an all-day format to highlight both viticulture and enology research. WAVEx is a condensed version, but with more practical application. WAVEx allows the Wine Commission and WSU to tailor research programming for specific wine regions. WAVEx has visited the following regions: Walla Walla, Lake Chelan, Columbia Gorge and Woodinville. 

 WAVE DATES for 2020

April 1 - WAVE Webinar 2020 

Registration closes March 29, 2020.

Register here for WAVE Webinar.


2:00 – 2:10 PM

Welcome Melissa Hansen, Wine Commission Research Program Director
Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling, Director WSU Viticulture & Enology Program


2:10 – 2:20 PM

Research Investment by the Auction of Washington Wines
Jamie Peha, Executive Director, Auction of Washington Wines


2:20 PM - 2:45 PM

Vine Water Use by Variety and a Changing Climate 
Dr. Markus Keller, WSU Viticulture Professor


2:45 PM - 3:10 PM

Smoke Exposure Research: Bucket Ferments, Vineyard Protection
Dr. Tom Collins, WSU Wine Chemist


3:10 PM - 3:20 PM



3:20 PM - 3:30 PM

Sustainability Programs for WA Vineyards and Wineries
Katlyn Straub, Washington Wine Industry Foundation 


3:30 PM - 3:55 PM

Evaluation of Freeze Exposure to Wine Grapes
Dr. Jim Harbertson, WSU Associate Profess of Enology


3:55 PM - 4:25 PM

Nematodes and Rootstocks 
Dr. Michelle Moyer, WSU Associate Professor, Extension Viticulturist 


4:30 PM 

Virtual Wine Social
Enjoy a glass of Washington wine in your own setting!

July 9: WAVEx- Woodinville, Chateau Ste. Michelle Theater 

Archived WAVE presentations 

Please reach out to Melissa Hansen, Research Program Director, at with questions.


We want your input! Viticulture and enology research in Washington State is driven by research priorities set annually by the Washington Research Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Washington State Wine Commission. Please share research topics important to you and help us learn about the industry's knowledge of research by completing this short survey. We ask that you forward it to the person on your staff (vineyard manager, winemaker, etc) that would utilize viticulture and enology research information.

The brief survey is available, here!