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Program Overview

The Viticulture and 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.

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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. Viticulture and Enology program tours are available for prospective students.

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.
Students must be 21 or older in order to enroll in wine making classes.

Program Resources:

NC Center for Viticulture and Enology

Program Contacts:

David Bower

Enology Instructor

Sarah Bowman

Viticulture Instructor

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-111 College Student Success 1
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
VEN-132 Wines of the World 2
VEN-133 Introduction to Winemaking 3
VEN-134 Grape Harvest 1
VEN-135 Introduction to Viticulture 4

Spring Semester

BUS-110 Introduction to Business 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
VEN-138 Vineyard Establishment and Development 3
VEN-139 Grape and Wine Science 5

Summer Semester

VEN-285 Winery Operations 4
OR
VEN-287 Vineyard Operations 4

Fall Semester

BUS-137 Principles of Management 3
BUS-139 Entrepreneurship I 3
SPA-120 Spanish for the Workplace 3
VEN-238 Grape Pests, Diseases, and Disorders 3
VEN-283 Wine Production and Analysis 5

Spring Semester

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
PSY-118 Interpersonal Psychology 3
Program Elective 3
OR
WBL-113 Work-Based Learning I 3
VEN-284 Wine Design and Management 3
VEN-286 Wine Marketing 3
VEN-288 Wine Finishing and Packaging 3

Program Electives: AGR-121, AGR-139, AGR-160, VEN-130, VEN-131, VEN-181, VEN-182, VEN-188, VEN-189, VEN-285, VEN-287, and WBL-112

Total credits needed to graduate: 73 Hours

Diploma Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-111 College Student Success 1
SPA-120 Spanish for the Workplace 3
VEN-132 Wines of the World 2
VEN-133 Introduction to Winemaking 3
VEN-134 Grape Harvest 1
VEN-135 Introduction to Viticulture 4
VEN-238 Grape Pests, Diseases, and Disorders 3

Spring Semester

BUS-110 Introduction to Business 3
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
VEN-138 Vineyard Establishment and Development 3
VEN-139 Grape and Wine Science 5
WBL-113 Work-Based Learning I 3
OR
Program Elective 3

Summer Semester

MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
VEN-285 Winery Operations 4
OR
VEN-287 Vineyard Operations 4

Total credits needed to graduate: 44 Hours

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.

Program Costs

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 $3,656.25 $12,296.25
Books and Supplies $1,463.00 $1,463.00
Total Cost $5,119.25 $13,759.25

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