New virtual reality training for wine industry students

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mi - A new virtual training program was unveiled at the annual Michigan Wine Industry conference.

The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, VESTA, was created by Michigan state gaming students.

The program is the first of its kind in the wine industry, helping students receive hands-on learning experiences for grape production and wine making.

The winery and the vineyard models in the program are available in both warm and cold climates.

The students began working on the program this past June.

The program that was shown at the wine conference was a rough draft and students still have to work on the details of the program.

“It's pretty cutting-edge,” Michigan State Institute of Agriculture Technology Associate Director Tom Smith said. “It's a really good example though of where education and industry is working together to make sure that we have a common goal. That's well trained individuals coming out to service industry.”

The program is available to students across the country and in eight other countries.

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