Viticulture and Enology


The Viticulture and Enology curriculum is designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, vineyard and/or winemaking business. Students learn the fundamentals of sustainable viticulture, focusing on cultivars that are suitable for Colorado, as well as the science of fermentation, and the fundamentals of producing and testing wine. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial and practical field training. As part of their education, students will participate in the establishment and management of a vineyard, and the production of wine. Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with viticulture and winemaking businesses.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply business communication using listening, verbal and written and electronic forms that are needed for entry level employment. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply mathematical and applied physics concepts for industry to meet employment requirements. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Research, evaluate, synthesize and apply information/data relevant to business, sciences and technical careers. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology, symbols, business practices, and principles and application of technical skills. (Specialized Knowledge)

Pop Up Dinners

The Viticulture and Enology program and the Culinary Arts program at Western Colorado Community College are joining forces to offer Pop Up Dinners at the Chez Lena Restaurant. Technical Instructor of Viticulture and Enology Jenne Baldwin-Eaton will be selecting the wines. Assistant Technical Professor of Culinary Arts Jonathan St. Peter will be developing each course of the menu. Culinary students will be preparing the meal, Dining Room Management students will be serving the meal, and Viticulture and Enology students will be pouring the wine.

Learn more about the Pop Up Dinners

Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Wine Professional Certificate 1 semester (12 credits)
Pre-Sommelier 1 semester (12 credits)
Viticulture 1 semester (18 credits)
Enology 2 semesters (18 credits)

Gainful Employment

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