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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.

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 Contacts:

David Bower

Enology Instructor

Sarah Bowman

Viticulture Instructor

Certificate Curriculum

1st Fall Semester

VEN-133 Introduction to Winemaking 3

Spring Semester

VEN-139 Grape and Wine Science 5

Summer Semester

VEN-285 Winery Operations 4

2nd Fall Semester

VEN-283 Wine Production and Analysis 5

Twelve credits in C15430B (VEN 133, VEN 139, VEN 285) are credits in the diploma (D15430).

Total credits needed to graduate: 17 Hours

Students on financial aid should speak with their financial aid advisors before enrolling in less than 12 credit hours per semester.

Program Costs

Certificate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1,376.25 $4,640.25
Books and Supplies $458.25 $458.25
Total Cost $1,834.50 $5,098.50

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