Vince Petrucci, professor emeritus of viticulture at California State University, Fresno, has been honored by the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association for lifetime service to the wine grape industry in California’s Central Valley.

Petrucci, who taught at Fresno State from 1948 until 1993, helped establish the viticulture and enology academic program and the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC).

Since retiring, Petrucci has published numerous papers and books detailing wine and grape growing.

The association also honored Bob McInturf, a founder and 31-year president of Allied Grape Growers, and Mike Nury, a chemist whose efforts to concentrate grape flavors have helped table grape, wine, and specialty products industries.