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Viticulture and Enology

The Breakdown

Major programs in viticulture and enology focus on the production of grapes, the making of wine and the wine business. Programs will cover both scientific and agribusiness principles. Students will learn about the grapes and wines of the world, grape production, the winemaking process, plant science, chemistry, food science, food safety, food packaging, soil science, pest management, and marketing/business management.  A thorough grounding in the natural sciences is often considered essential for further study in the field.

Nuts and Bolts

As a viticulture/enology major, you’ll take classes such as:

•    Introduction to Winemaking
•    Viticultural Practices
•    Grapevine Growth and Physiology
•    Grapevine Pests, Diseases and Disorders
•    Wine Types and Sensory Evaluation
•    Wine Production and Laboratory
•    Wine Technology and Winery Systems
•    Distilled Beverage Technology

Many students also study a foreign language and pursue study abroad to further their knowledge of winemaking techniques and history in wine-producing regions around the world. France, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Chile and Argentina are all major wine producing hubs. Internships are encouraged and are often integrated into the curriculum.

Decisions, Decisions

If you are drawn to the science and technology behind winemaking, you may also consider studying chemistry, botany, plant biology, soil science or food science. If the business or marketing side of winemaking is what gets you excited, consider majors in marketing, business management, agribusiness, and agricultural operations.

What's Next

An undergraduate degree in winemaking often leads you right back into school at the graduate level to pursue an advanced degree in the same field. Alternatively, you could find work at a vineyard in the marketing office or on the operations/production side.  Competition can be tough as job openings aren’t always plentiful, especially at smaller vineyards and wine producers. Many graduates also pursue careers at wine distributors, restaurants/bars (as purchasers or even sommeliers with advanced training), and hotels/resorts.


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