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College adds vineyard to campus for culinary program

Posted: February 18, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Recently installed Zinfandel grape vines are planted along the slopes of the western section of College of the Canyons. The vines were donated to the college by Remo Belli Vineyards in Paso Robles and transplanted and installed by Steve Lemley and Nate Haspers of Pulchella Winery and tasting room on Feb. 1. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo.

 

What’s a Wine Studies curriculum without a vineyard? 

Given a recent addition to the Santa Clarita Valley community college’s Valencia campus, it’s not the College of the Canyons’ course offerings.

Earlier this month COC added Zinfandel grape vines to the western slopes of its campus.

The vines were donated to the college by Remo Belli Vineyards in Paso Robles and transplanted and installed by Steve Lemley and Nate Haspers of Pulchella Winery and tasting room in Newhall.

And while the just-planted vines look like little more than sticks at the present time, the college has high hopes for their future.

“The addition of a vineyard to our Valencia campus couldn’t come at a better time,” said COC Chancellor Dianne Van Hook. “It will perfectly complement the Culinary Arts facility we are building, creating unique learning opportunities for our students and augmenting our Wine Studies curriculum,”

Pulchella Winery has volunteered to oversee the vineyard for the next several month, but Van Hook plans for that task to be handed over to students enrolled at the COC Institute for Culinary Education.

The vineyard installation means College of the Canyons is among the few Southern California community colleges to have a working vineyard.

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