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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.

Program Contacts:

David Bower

Enology Instructor

Sarah Bowman

Viticulture Instructor

Certificate Curriculum

Fall Semester

VEN-132 Wines of the World 2
VEN-133 Introduction to Winemaking 3
VEN-135 Introduction to Viticulture 4

Spring Semester

VEN-284 Wine Design and Management 3
VEN-286 Wine Marketing 3

Summer Semester

WBL-111 Work-Based Learning I 1

Total credits needed to graduate: 16 Hours

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

Program Costs

Certificate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1,302.00 $4,374.00
Books and Supplies $469.75 $469.75
Total Cost $1,771.75 $4,843.75

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