Viticulture and Enology Associate of Applied Science
Viticulture and Enology Associate of Applied Science Program
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree (AAS) in Viticulture and Enology. The program prepares students for entry into the industry in production and sales as winemaking technicians, vineyard and winery owners, and vintners. The curriculum builds upon one-year certificate program in Viticulture.
The Viticulture and Enology AAS degree program includes an introduction to grape growing, basic principles of soil science, vineyard and winery practices throughout all four seasons. The second year curriculum emphasizes enology (wine making) which includes chemistry of the winemaking process, principles of wine production, and supervised practical work experience. Students must be at least 21 years of age to participate in wine tasting activities.
Job opportunities exist throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California. The average annual wage for winery production workers (including seasonal workers and excluding contracted workers) was $24,510 in 2006.
The industry is expanding rapidly, with the number of vineyards and wineries and related employment all increasing at the rate of 10% per year over the past five years. Efforts are underway to articulate the degree for transfer to other colleges and universities, including Oregon State University, which has both undergraduate and graduate programs in the field.
- Vineyard Managers
- Cellar Masters
- Lab Technicians
- Wine Sales and Promotion
- Vineyard and Winery Equipment Sales Representative
Contact Umpqua Community College's Financial Aid Office or phone 440-7725.
Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter, however, due to course sequencing it is recommended to begin in the fall.
The Student Development Center offers a placement test and student orientation both of which must be completed prior to admittance to the program.
Students enrolling in courses focusing on winemaking must be 18 years of age or older and must be able to lift 50 lbs.
For more information, contact:
Allison Priestley, SOWI Program Assistant