Iowa State University Alumni Association

Trent Preszler

Term expires ’18

Life Member

'98 Interdisciplinary Studies
Cutchogue, N.Y.

Trent Preszler, Ph.D., is CEO of Bedell Cellars, a Long Island, N.Y., winery founded in 1980 that is the first vineyard in the eastern U.S. to achieve sustainable farming certification. Bedell Cellars wines were served at President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Luncheon and the 2014 Super Bowl. As a student, Trent was involved with the ISU Honors Program, LAS Council, GSB, VEISHEA Review Task Force, Lectures Program Institute on World Affairs, and marching band. He won the Udall Scholarship and the Rotary Scholarship to study botany at The University of Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Garden. After graduating in 1998 he completed an internship in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and later became chair-elect of the founding ISUAA Young Alumni Council. He holds two degrees from Cornell University: an MS in agricultural economics and a Ph.D. in horticulture. Trent also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wine America and the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. In his “spare time” Trent builds heirloom wooden canoes in his workshop, which was featured in a full page article by The Wall Street Journal.  Trent was named one of the world’s Top 10 Tastemakers of 2015 by OUT Magazine.

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