Winemaking (Enology) Associate Degree

Program Code: 103202

Careers in the wine industry exist right here in Northeast Wisconsin. As a graduate of the Winemaking program, you're prepared for a career as a winemaker, winemaking assistant, cellar worker, or tasting room host. You're skilled in fermentation, clarification, and aging of juice and wine; lab methodologies; sanitization; quality control; winery equipment operation; grape maturity testing; and wine and must analysis. The Winemaking program offers students an internship at a local winery, providing an intense level of practical and realistic winery experiences.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Winemaking, 903202
• Winemaking Advanced, 903203


Employment Potential

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

• Winemaker

• Winemaking Assistant

• Cellar Worker

• Tasting Room Host

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

• Scientific Industry, Laboratory
• Food Science Industry – Food Safety


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• Students should have mastered basic math skills. For a description of basic math, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
Green Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Winemaking (Enology) associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
Organizing Your Small Business
10-145-185 ORGANIZING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS ...the components of small business ownership; examining a variety of small business startup and operation scenarios. Assesses your own readiness to begin the entrepreneurial adventure.
VIN146-Intro to Enology 3
VIN110-Intro to Wine Microorgs 3
VIN105-Molec Prin Grape/Wine 4
English Composition 1
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
Writing a Business Plan-Sm Bus
10-145-189 WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN-SMALL BUSINESS a necessary component to beginning a small business, from addressing facets of the business plan, observing various types of plans, to realizing readiness to begin. Plan preparation/presentation are required.
VIN148-Winery Sanitation 3
VIN160-Winery Equip Operation 2
VIN290-Winery Safety 3
VIN117-Cold Climate Viti & Eno 1
College Technical Math 1A
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear, quadratic, and rational equations; graphing; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; percent; proportions; and operations on polynomials. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
VIN246-Intermed Enology-Harves 2
VIN257-Fall Wine Prod Intern 3
VIN268-Wine/Must Analysis 3
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
Elective 3
VIN259-Cellar Ops Technology 2
VIN266-Sensory Evaluation 3
VIN247-Inter Enology-Post Harv 2
Principles of Sustainability
10-806-112 PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY ...prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by your community to promote and implement sustainability. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
10-809-195-03 ECONOMICS-MODULE 1 ...scarcity, growth, aggregate supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, role of government in economics and in society.
Curriculum Note
. The following courses must be taken at NWTC to receive an Associate Degree: 10-145-185 Organizing Your Small Business, 10-145-189 Writing a Business Plan-Small Business and 10-320-121 VIN105-Molecular Principles Grape/Wine.
Organizing Your Small
Writing a Business Plan-Small
VIN105-Molecular Principles
Suggested Electives
. Fruit Wine Production, VIN147
. Marketing for the Small Winery, VIN270
. Winery Tasting Room Management, VIN272
. Intro to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment, VIN111
. Wines of the World, VIN174
. Legal Aspects of Vineyard & Winery Operation, VIN202
. Advanced Winery Marketing, VIN271

Program Outcomes

• Examine grape samples to ascertain sweetness and acidity of crop, and determine harvest time based off of this information.
• Select yeasts for fermentation and barrels for aging.
• Communicate with vineyard manager regarding crop load, harvest time, and other issues related to crop quality.
• Correct sugar and acid levels of must and wine if necessary.
• Oversee primary fermentation by punching down the grape skin cap, regulating fermentation temperature and the amount of time the skins are in contact with the must, and initiating malolactic fermentation.
• Supervise workers in crushing and pressing processes, or perform those duties themselves.
• Supervise cellar operations during secondary fermentation with tasks such as aging, topping off barrels, and clearing wine of fermentation residue.
• Direct and coordinate blending and bottling of wine, or perform those duties themselves.


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NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer >> EXCLUDEEND



• NWTC has partnered with Missouri State University, Missouri State University-West Plains, Northeast Iowa Community College, Redlands Community College, Rend Lake College, South Plains College, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, Kent State University-Ashtabula, Highland Community College, Central Lakes College, Michigan State University, and Ivy Tech Community College to offer an Associate Degree in Winemaking (Enology). The partnership is formally referred to as the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance, or VESTA. The partnered colleges individually deliver VESTA classes through various online delivery formats.
• Students desiring to earn an Associate Degree in Winemaking (Enology) 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