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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.
Beginning Fall 2019, high school juniors and seniors can take Viticulture classes, incorporating vineyard field work with grape science, and take courses toward completing a Viticulture certificate at Surry Community College as a part of the tuition-free Career & College Promise dual enrollment program.

Program Contacts:

David Bower

Enology Instructor

Sarah Bowman

Viticulture Instructor

Certificate Curriculum

Fall Semester

VEN-134 Grape Harvest 1
VEN-135 Introduction to Viticulture 4
VEN-238 Grape Pests, Diseases, and Disorders 3

Spring Semester

VEN-138 Vineyard Establishment and Development 3
WBL-112 Work-Based Learning I 2

Summer Semester

VEN-287 Vineyard Operations 4

Total credits needed to graduate: 17 Hours

Program Costs

Certificate In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $1,299.00 $4,371.00
Books and Supplies $318.50 $318.50
Total Cost $1,617.50 $4,689.50

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