Cal Poly to Name Center for Wine and Viticulture in Recognition of Two Key Donors

In recognition of the generosity and philanthropic support of two vital
donors to the building of Cal Poly’s Center for Wine and Viticulture,
the center will be named the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and

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Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, a
family-run winery that focuses on Bordeaux varieties and Syrah in west
Paso Robles, donated $2.5 million to Cal Poly’s campaign to build the
Center for Wine and Viticulture. Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards, an
industry icon also based in Paso Robles, has also committed $2.5 million
in funding and will be a co-namer of the Center for Wine and Viticulture.

“The local wine community has stepped forward in support of this
project, solidifying a partnership with Cal Poly that will not only
benefit students for years to come, but provide the rigorously trained
talent that the wine industry depends on,” said Andrew Thulin, dean of
the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

“Cal Poly has demonstrated the university’s commitment to providing
future generations of wine makers and vintners and its support of the
wine industry at a national level,” said Stewart Resnick, co-owner of
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery. “Our investment in the Cal Poly Center for
Wine and Viticulture signifies our commitment to a partnership that will
allow the industry to continue to prosper. We are not just giving back,
we are investing in the future.”

A groundbreaking ceremony, attended by key donors and supporters, as
well as Cal Poly leadership, faculty, staff and students, was held May
4. A public event will be held once construction is complete. The JUSTIN
and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture is anticipated to open in
late 2019.

The JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture is a donor-funded
project that will enhance the Wine and Viticulture program at Cal Poly
for years to come. The geographic locale of Cal Poly positions it at the
heart of California’s Central Coast – providing students with hands-on
access to vineyards and wineries to learn first-hand from some of the
wine industry’s top leaders and some of the country’s best winemakers.
Students, who benefit from Cal Poly’s philosophy of Learn by Doing, have
access to thousands of award-winning wineries throughout the state,
providing abundant internship and research opportunities.

The JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture will include both
a 15,600-square-foot winery and a 12,000-square-foot grange hall. The
buildings will include crush, fermentation, barrel, sensory, bottling,
enology and viticulture rooms, as well as teaching and research labs, a
bonded winery, offices, and community and industry meeting spaces.
Professional partners in the project include TLCD Architecture as the
executive architects, Von Raesfeld & Associates as the winery consulting
architects, and JW Design & Construction as the contractor.

“We would not be where we are today, ready to begin construction,
without the countless volunteers who stepped forward and the leadership
and persistence of our longtime supporters, including Jerry Lohr who has
been with the project since its inception and led the charge in rallying
the wine community to support our vision for the future,” said Thulin.
“The symbiotic relationship that is shared by Cal Poly and the wine
industry nationwide will now be commemorated brick by brick.”

Members of the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture fundraising committee,
comprised of key industry professionals, include: Jerry Lohr, chair,
Vicki Carroll, Paul Burkner, Steve Burns, Pat Delong, Dana Merrill and
Dennis Stroud.

“I am elated to celebrate the start of construction of the Center for
Wine and Viticulture – a vision that I have supported since the
beginning,” said Jerry Lohr. “With the partnership of JUSTIN Vineyards &
Winery, years of planning will now emerge as the preeminent program for
wine and viticulture students in the nation.”

Cal Poly’s Wine and Viticulture program, the largest of its kind in the
U.S., provides a comprehensive education that focuses on the three major
elements of the wine industry: viticulture, enology and wine business.

The program currently has a 14-acre teaching and production vineyard and
small pilot winery where students gain hands-on experience in all
aspects of the industry, from vineyard cultivation and management to
winemaking, marketing and distribution.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university.
The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability
to transform academically motivated students into innovative
professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with
feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to
state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards
and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by
Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the
country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

About JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

Located in Paso Robles, JUSTIN® Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1981
and is known for crafting world class wines using Bordeaux grape
varieties. Widely recognized for their iconic ISOSCELES Bordeaux blend,
JUSTIN is also known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. The property at
JUSTIN features a Tasting Room, luxury suite accommodations and a
Restaurant – making it one of the only wineries on the Central Coast to
offer all three options. In addition to its stellar hospitality
offerings, JUSTIN consistently receives top honors around the world,
establishing JUSTIN as a leader in luxury Bordeaux variety winemaking.
In 2015, JUSTIN was named “American Winery of the Year” by Wine
Enthusiast Magazine. JUSTIN wines are available through discerning
fine wine retailers and restaurants throughout the United States, or
directly from the Winery via JUSTIN’s Tasting Room, on-line store or to
members of the exclusive JUSTIN Wine Society wine club. To discover more
about what makes JUSTIN so unique, visit

About J. Lohr Vineyards

Founded more than four decades ago by Jerry Lohr and still family owned
and operated today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts a full line of
internationally recognized wines from its 3,700 acres of sustainably
farmed estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco
and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations, and St. Helena in the Napa
Valley. Offering an expressive range of styles, J. Lohr produces five
tiers of award-winning wines, showcasing its estate fruit – J. Lohr
Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Gesture,
and J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. J. Lohr’s Signature Cabernet
Sauvignon recently won the Grand Champion Best of Show against 2,188
other wines at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International
Wine Competition. To learn more about J. Lohr Vineyards, visit

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