Viticulture and Enology


The Viticulture & Enology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in the grape growing and wine making industry. Classroom instruction, laboratory and field applications of viticultural/enological principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work in viticulture includes aspects of plant science, vineyard stock selection, and propagation, soils, vine nutrition and pest management. Also included are courses in planning, layout, economics and management of vineyards. Those interested in enology will receive training in the classroom, laboratory and field in the tools and techniques of wine making. Related courses in microbiology and fermentation science, sensory analysis, and winery economics and marketing are offered.

Graduates should qualify for positions in vineyards, wineries, and in related areas of sales and services. Graduates in viticulture will also be certified as North Carolina Private Pesticide Applicators.


Also Offered

*Students must be 21 years or older in order to enroll.

Program Elective list: AGR 139, HOR 162, HOR 164, VEN 282, VEN 285, VEN 287, or WBL 112.

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective list: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, ART 116, ART 118, ART 283, DRA 111, DRA 126, ENG 131, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 233, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 261, ENG 262, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 122, HUM 130, HUM 220, MUS 110, MUS 112, MUS 210, PHI 210, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110, REL 211, REL 212, or REL 221.


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the scientific method to solve practical problems of winegrowing in the southeastern United States.
  • Develop a business/marketing plan to establish and operate a vineyard and/or winery.
  • Recognize and apply environmentally responsible and sustainable agricultural practices in wine grape production and in winery design and operations.
  • Understand grapevine physiology and its affect on decision making in winery.
  • Use crop estimates to plan winery functions and logistics to enhance safety and profitability.


Estimated Cost

Degree In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $5,100.00 $16,800.00
Books and Supplies $1,960.00 $1,960.00
Total Cost $7,060.00 $18,760.00
Diploma In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $3,300.00 $11,000.00
Books and Supplies $875.00 $875.00
Total Cost $4,175.00 $11,875.00

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Program Contact(s)

Joseph Geller
Viticulture Instructor
(336) 386-3461

David Bower
Enology Instructor
(336) 386-3569

Ashley Myers Morrison
Division Chair - Sciences
(336) 386-3510

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$18.43 average salary per hour.

$38,330 average salary per year.

Sources for salary information obtained from O*NET. Salaries may vary for reasons including but not limited to years of experience, place of employment, and specific occupations within each industry.

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