Vineyard and Winery Technology
Washington Wine: A Growing Industry
Washington’s wine industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the state. There are over 950 licensed wineries and more than 350 grape growers in Washington state. YVC’s Vineyard and Winery Technology Program is centrally located in the heart of the Washington State Wine industry.
We have an award-winning teaching winery, complete with a tasting room located on the Grandview Campus called Yakima Valley Vintners.
Additional Agriculture Degrees are also offered including a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Agricultural Sciences (BASAG).
YVC offers both an AAS and AAS-T degree in vineyard technology. These degrees emphasize the development of grape production principles with specialization in the integrated management of insect, disease, and weed pests. Examples of career opportunities include grape production manager, crew supervisor, technical advisor, and production crew worker.
Students must meet with an advisor as course requirements may alter due to Washington State University and YVC’s requirements.
This degree provides students with an understanding of principles and application of technology associated with wine production. Students will have the opportunity to learn about wine making using appropriate production, processing, sanitation, preservation, and safety methods. Students will also apply methods to evaluate grape and wine quality. Examples of careers in this area include technician, quality control specialist, wine maker assistant, retail salesperson, and plant operation supervisor and worker.
The following certificates are designed to provide students with a concentration of courses in a specific technical area. The certificates may be suitable for students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular area. All courses taken for the certificates would apply toward the related associate degree programs.
YVC offers a certificate in Vineyard Technology. Examples of career opportunities include grape production manager, crew supervisor, technical advisor, and production crew worker.
The Wine Sales Certificate is designed to provide students with a concentration of courses in a specific technical area. The certificate may be suitable for students who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular area. All courses taken for the certificates would apply toward the related associate degree programs. The certificate can stand-alone or be earned as a specialty certificate with the AAS-Agribusiness or AAS-Business Management.Careers include tasting room attendants and wine club managers.
Winery Program Distance Learning Opportunities
Students can now access two-year degrees and professional certification across Washington State to meet their career path needs. Course work is offered online and through hands-on training opportunities.
Learn about the collaborations between Yakima Valley, South Seattle, and Wenatchee Valley Colleges.
Teaching Winery and Vineyard
YVC has an award-winning teaching winery, complete with tasting rooms located on the Yakima and Grandview campuses, called Yakima Valley Vintners. The Teaching Vineyard was added in 2010 on the Grandview Campus, providing additional practical training opportunities.
The Grandview Campus houses the state of the art teaching facilities for the Vineyard and Winery Technology Programs. The teaching winery includes a laboratory, classrooms, tasting room, barrel and case storage, as well as two incubator (start-up) winery spaces. While progressing through the Winery Technology Program students have the opportunity to work through the wine making process from grape to glass, a task that also includes selling their product out of the on-campus tasting room. Having two incubators is unique to any other wine program nationally as it combines the academic and business environments into one setting enhancing the learning environment for students.
Donations by the Washington State Grape and Wine Industry allowed for the planting of the Teaching Vineyard on the Grandview Campus in 2010. Students played an intricate role in both the design of the vineyard and planting of the Cabernet Franc, Lemberger and Riesling vines that make up the Teaching Vineyard. Each fall the General Viticulture course uses the Teaching Vineyard to learn many aspects of vineyard growth and establishment while each winter students in the Advanced Viticulture course learn the basics of pruning as they prepare the vineyard for the upcoming growing season. Beginning with the 2012 academic year, students have used their estate grown grapes in the Essentials of Winemaking course.
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