Viticulture

Associate Degree

A.S. in Small Vineyard and Winery Management

This program will provide foundational knowledge and skills for the next generation of wine-grape growers and wine producers in the Sierra Nevada foothills region of northern California. The program offers introductory training appropriate for local and regional wine-related employment opportunities and for further training at 4-year programs in viticulture and enology. Students will gain fundamental skills that will help prepare them to maintain and manage a wine grape vineyard, the wine production process, and an introduction to business methods used to promote and market grapes and/or wine.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
VITI 300 Viticulture and Enology 3
VITI 301 Viticulture Practices from Bud Break to Harvest 3
VITI 302 Viticulture and Enology Machinery Operations and Safety 2
VITI 303 Viticulture Practices from Harvest through Dormancy 3
VITI 304 Wine Component Tasting, Hospitality and Service, and Food Pairing 3
VITI 308 Fruit to Wine - Enology 3
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5)
   or CHEM 400 General Chemistry I (5)
BIOL 400 Principles of Biology (5)
   or BIOL 310 General Biology (4)
A minimum of 1.5 units from the following: 1.5
VITI 305 Wines of the World (1.5)
VITI 306 Wines of California (1.5)
VITI 307 Wines of the Sierra Foothills (1.5)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
BUS 300 Introduction to Business (3)
BUS 350 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship (3)
SPAN 401 Elementary Spanish (4)
Total Units: 33.5

The Small Vineyard and Winery Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See FLC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assist in the management of a wine grape vineyard including maintenance of vineyard rows, implementation of integrated pest management plan, and evaluation of grapes for wine production.
  • assist in the production and marketing of the vineyard grapes and/or a wineries wines.
  • analyze and appraise wine for its faults and desirable qualities.
  • assist in maintaining a winery's tasting room with hospitality services and wine and food pairings.

Career Information

Technical jobs as assistant vineyard manager, assistant winemaker, cellar worker, and laboratory technician. Non-technical jobs as event manager, logistics coordinator, sales representative, and tasting room associate.