Vineyard Management (Viticulture) Associate Degree

Program Code: 103201

Midwesterners who dream of a career in wine country don't need to migrate to California. As Wisconsin's grape growing industry expands, business owners are looking for employees and suppliers right here. As a graduate of the Vineyard Management associate degree program, you have the skills necessary to own and operate or be employed at a vineyard as a vineyard manager or vineyard worker. You are skilled in planting, pruning, training, harvesting, gathering, sustainability, integrated pest management, and storing grapes and other fruits.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Vineyard Management, 903201

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the basic skills necessary to own and operate or be employed at a vineyard as a:

  • Vineyard Manager
  • Vineyard Worker

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Pest Management Industry – Crop Scout
  • Green Industry – Greenhouse, Propagation
  • Chemical/Pesticide Industry

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Individuals interested in this program must email

Suggested Skills for Success

  • Legal Aspects of Vineyard & Winery Operation, VIN202
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Vineyard Management (Viticulture) associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
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Program Outcomes

  • Manage all part-time and seasonal vineyard workers.
  • Maintain records of all vineyard operation activities.
  • Assist wine maker in crop load management, harvest coordination and execution.
  • Monitor the vineyard regarding nutrient status, grape diseases, insect, fungus, weeds, and other pests.
  • Maintain records of all viticultural monitoring activities.
  • Practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management).
  • Recommend and plan any large scale changes in vineyard plantings, specifically cultivars and selection of the site.
  • Plan and assist in irrigation scheduling and operation.
  • Plan and assist in general property maintenance.
  • Operate vineyard machinery safely.

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  • NWTC is a member of VESTA, a partnership of colleges nationwide that together deliver online Enology (winemaking) and Viticulture (grape growing) education. VESTA is formally referred to as the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance. More information is on the VESTA website
  • Students desiring to earn an Associate Degree in Vineyard Management (Viticulture) must apply for admission to NWTC and must take a minimum of 25% of technical core courses at NWTC.
  • The VESTA online courses, identifiable by “VIN” in front of the course code have a separate admission and registration process.
  • Practicum sites throughout the state are listed on the VESTA website. New ones can be added if the student finds a willing and eligible vineyard.
  • Some courses have a minimum age requirement.
  • Further information on VESTA can be found on the website

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit