Why Choose Viticulture A.A.S. Degree at CLC?
• Online evening classes in Grape growing, wine making and wine business.
• One year certificates or AAS degrees available.
• Scholarships available through the Minnesota Grape Growers Association.
• Financial aid available through Central Lakes College.
• Taught by industry experts with years of experience from around the world and through 19 state colleges.
• Assistance in finding internships in the Minnesota wine industry (71 wineries and counting!) by the CLC VESTA Coordinator.
VITICULTURE A.A.S. DEGREE
Program Course Requirements
First Year – Fall Semester
BIOL 1431 General Biology I (5 cr)
COMP 1120 Intro to Computer Applications (3 cr)
MATH 1506 Beginning College Algebra (4 cr)
VITI 1111 Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment (3 cr)
Total – 15 Credits
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr)
COMM 1430 Public Speaking (3 cr)
VITI 1105 Molecular Principles of Grape and Wine (4 cr)
VITI 1212* Winter Viticulture Technology (2 cr)
VITI 1293 Soils for Viticulture (3 cr)
Total – 16 Credits
VITI 1215* Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology (2 cr)
Total – 2 Credits
Second Year – Fall Semester
MATH 1460 Introduction to Statistics (4 cr)
VITI 1112 Botanical Viticulutre (4 cr)
VITI 1146* Introudction to Enology (3 cr)
VITI 1211 Integrated Pest Management (2 cr)
VITI 1213* Regional Vineyard Management (2 cr)
Total – 15 Credits
BUSN 1166 Business Communications (3 cr)
POLS 1435 American Government and Politics (3 cr)
VITI 1117 Cold Climate Viticulutre (1 cr)
VITI 1214* Spring viticulutre Technology (2 cr)
VITI 1266* Sensore Evaluation (3 cr)
Total – 12 Credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS
Career Description: Vineyard managers oversee the growing and care of grapes. They develop a system of grape management that is appropriate for each vineyard. They decide how to manage planting, fertility, harvesting and pruning. They are heavily involved in varietal selection, site preparation, equipment maintenance and safety, first season establishment, vine growth development, trellis systems and pruning. They also are involved in pest management, soil quality and the overall impact on the environment.
Program Information: The Viticulture Technology program provides a comprehensive examination of the field of viticulture (grape growing). The program provides the knowledge required to maintain vineyards in Minnesota and the Midwest, with specific attention given to varietal selection, soil preparation, pest management and marketing, as well as the science, agriculture and business skills necessary to succeed in Minnesota’s rapidly growing viticulture business. The program includes fieldwork and practicums at local vineyards.
Graduates will be able to:
- Manage all part-time and seasonal vineyard workers;
- Maintain records of all vineyard operation activities;
- Assist wine maker in crop load management, harvest coordination and execution;
- Monitor the vineyard regarding nutrient status, grape diseases, insect, fungus, weeds, and other pests;
- Maintain records of all viticultural monitoring activities;
- Practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management);
- Recommend and plan any large scale changes in vineyard plantings, specifically cultivars and selection of the site;
- Plan and assist in irrigation scheduling and operation;
- Plan and assist in general property maintenance;
- Operate vineyard machinery safely.
Special Program Requirements:
Transfer Opportunities: Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a consortium of colleges, including Central Lakes College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Missouri State University, and Rend Lake (Ill.) Community College, and Redlands (Okla) Community College.
Career Opportunities: Job opportunities in vineyard management are tied to trends in grape production. Growing grapes in Minnesota is becoming increasingly popular. Statistics from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture show an increase in both the number of farms growing grapes and the total acreage. Employment opportunities are available locally, regionally and nationwide.
Dennis Emslie Drummond
Dennis Emslie Drummond is the Coordinator for VESTA in Minnesota, and teaches VITI 1147 Fruit Wine Production. He has a masters in Enology (Wine Chemistry) from U.C. Davis and has worked in Napa, Sonoma, Michigan, New Zealand, Australia, Wisconsin, and Minnesota wineries and vineyards. He directed the planting of an experimental vineyard at the Staples Ag Center and established a laboratory and experimental winery at the Staples CLC campus. His Minnesotan wife, Jody, and he enjoy living by Lower South Long Lake, where their bird feeders are causing an explosion in the squirrel population.