Professor of Viticulture
Tony’’s viticulture education includes a MSc from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from Cornell University. He is a professor of viticulture at Virginia Tech where he has been employed since 1986. He has conducted research to expand the grape varietal landscape in Virginia, to better understand the adaptation of grapes to Virginia’s colorful biotic and abiotic challenges and, through collaboration with enologists, to improve grape and wine quality potential. Graduate student training has been an important part of the research program. Tony’s extension program comprises workshops, development of web-based decision support tools, and publication of technical print and online media. In addition to his viticulture research and extension roles, Tony teaches an online viticulture course and serves as director of Virginia Tech’s AHS Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Frederick County, Virginia.