Viticulture and Enology Major

Students entering the Viticulture and Enology major have a passion for grapes and wine accompanied by a strong background in the sciences. This major prepares students to be leaders in the wine industry or in any career that combines science, communication, and problem solving. The program includes coursework in winemaking, vineyard development, economics, and management.


  • Viticulture (study of grape cultivation)
  • Enology (study of wine)

Sample Classes

VIEN 3440 Viticulture and Vineyard Management

Course in commercial grape production with an emphasis on the problems of production in cold climates. Students examine the genetics of the vine and learn principles of vineyard establishment, propagation, pruning and training, and conservation. Laboratory exercises and field trips offer hands-on experience.

VIEN 1104 Introduction to Wines and Vines

This course offers students the opportunity to learn about the science of wine flavor and grape growing. Lecture topics include: flavor components in wine; wine evaluations and sensory science; terroir; and the health effects of wine.

VIEN 2204 Principles and Practices of Growing Grapes and Making Wines

Examines the environmental, physiological, and anatomical bases for vineyard management, plus all aspects of winemaking from harvest decisions, to fermentation, to bottling.

What recent graduates are doing

  • Vineyard Manager
  • Winemaking Intern
  • National Sales Manager in the wine industry

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