The Viticulture and Enology program prepares students for entry into the industry as production winemaking technicians, vineyard and winery owners, vintners, and or sales and marketing coordinators.
The curriculum builds upon the one-year certificate program in Viticulture and students receive the AAS degree as well as the viticulture and wine marketing assistant certificates.
The Enology AAS degree program includes an introduction to grape growing, basic principles of soil science, vineyard and winery practices throughout all four seasons, chemistry of the winemaking process, principles of wine production, and supervised practical work experience. Students must be at least 18 years of age to participate in wine tasting.
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Job opportunities exist throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California and are very diverse within the industry with average earnings according to 2015 industry surveys ranging from $33,488 for entry level tasting room positions, $37,395 for entry-level cellar works, $38,625 for entry-level vineyard positions, $62,401 for cellar masters, $66,660 for sales representatives, $66,955 for assistant winemakers, and $80,947 for vineyard management.
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. Students with prior college experience may not have to take any or all general classes required. Students must be over 18 years of age to participate in wine tasting.
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