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Thomas Henick-Kling

Thomas Henick-Kling



Phone: (509) 372-7224

Viticulture & Enology website


Wine research and extension: physiology of lactic acid bacteria, wine yeast ecology, molecular characterization of wine yeast and bacteria, modification of wine flavor by yeast and bacteria, winemaking technology.


Dr. Henick-Kling grew up in Germany and was trained in Germany, USA, and Australia.  He is a wine microbiologist and has commercial and experimental winemaking experience and extensive knowledge of wines from Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand. He is active in several national and international professional societies.  He is a wine judge and a reviewer for several scientific journals. Languages: English, German, French


  • Ph.D. – Microbiology/Biochemistry – The Australian Wine Research Institute and The University of Adelaide, South Australia; Dissertation Title: Growth and metabolism of Leuconostoc oenos and Lactobacillus plantarum in wine. 1986
  • M.S. – Microbiology – Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Thesis Title: Comparison of Oregon-derived malolactic bacteria in pilot scale wine production. 1982
  • B.A. – Geography/Biology – Eberhard-Karl Universität,Tübingen, Germany; 1977

Professional Experience

  • 2007-2009: Professor, Director of National Wine & Grape Industry Centre – Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. April 2007 to February 2009
  • 2005-2007: Professor – Cornell University.  Leader of wine research and extension program.April 2005 to April 2007
  • 1993-2005 – Associate Professor – Cornell University.  Wine research and extension.July 1993 to March 2005
  • 1987-1993: Assistant Professor – Cornell University.  Wine research and extension.April 1987 to June 1993
  • 1983-1986: Graduate student, The Australian Wine Research Institute and University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 1983: Winemaking Assistant at Thomas Hardy & Sons Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia
  • 1976-1982: Wine retail sales, waiter, land preserve caretaker, field researcher, student, foreign language instructor

See short CV (pdf)


Ph.D., Microbiology/Biochemistry, The Australian Wine Research Institute and The University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1986

M.S., Microbiology, regon State University, 1982

B.A., Geography/Biology, Eberhard-Karl Universität, 1977

Physical Mail

Washington State University
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-1671