Dr. Stephen Krebs retired after the Fall 2014 semester. Both Steve and the program recently celebrated 30 years of providing Viticulture and Winery education at the college. If you need to contact Steve, he has a new website: www.drgrapes.com.
The Napa Valley Register ran a wonderful article on Michael Weis, a long-time VWT adjunct instructor: NapaReg091814ChangesAtGrothMichaelWeis.pdf
The 2011 Napa Valley College Estate Pinot noir was selected as “Best of Class” in the $30.00 to $35.00 price range at the recent 2014 San Francisco Chronicle wine judging competition. Here is the link for all of the “Best of Class” awards: http://www.sfgate.com/bestofclass/
VWT Program Information:
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for announcements on future wine releases and sales, click on the Winery page at the left of the screen.
The Napa Valley College Teaching winery was the first bonded winery in the California Community College System, and we released our inaugural 2008 vintage in the spring of 2009. Through the support of the college, and the local business community, VWT has built a state-of-the-art program where students can explore all aspects of the industry.
Napa Valley Register Article: College is the Toast of the Town (10/7/08)
Viticulture & Winery Technology
In the world-famous Napa Valley, you can train for a career in the wine industry at Napa Valley College (NVC). Courses prepare students for entry-level positions and help current industry employees to advance in their careers. Based on a core of viticulture and wine-making classes, the program offers a variety of options for careers in the industry. Students learn to apply viticulture and winemaking theory for decision-making in actual production situations. College facilities include classroom and laboratory buildings, vineyards, and a teaching winery. All program instructors are experienced wine industry professionals.
Viticulture and winery technology students and graduates can be found working in well-paid and interesting positions throughout the wine industry. Prospects for employment are excellent.
Program Options (NVC Catalog 2014-2015, p. 185-186)
The programs of the Viticulture and Winery Technology department are designed to prepare students for careers in the North Coast wine industry. The one-year Certificate and two-year Associate of Science options provide students with the knowledge and skills essential for success. The Certificate in Viticulture and Winery Technology consists of production-oriented courses in viticulture and winemaking. The Certificate in Wine Marketing and Sales is a mix of viticulture, winemaking and business courses. Certificate programs may be modified to meet the career goals of the individual student. The typical student will be able to earn a Certificate in one to two years. Students who complete the Associate of Science in Viticulture and Winery Technology degree specialize in either Viticulture, Winemaking, or Wine Marketing and Sales. The Associate of Science degree includes general education courses, basic science courses and core courses in the degree option. The typical student will be able to earn an Associate of Science Degree in two to three years.
Program Level Outcomes
Outcome 1: Viticulture - Lead our sustainable viticulture industry into the future and create a skilled workforce by applying local, regional and global methods.
Outcome 2: Winemaking - Possess a fundamental knowledge of wine style, the annual winemaking cycle, the contribution of viticulture, culture and winemaking process to the wine style and how to maintain the integrity of the wine.
Outcome 3: Interpersonal Skills - Display an understanding of interpersonal relationships and the ability to develop effective relationships on both a personal and professional level.
Outcome 4: Regulations - Create a vineyard/winery development plan, and maintain operational compliance consistent with county-state, federal regulations and land use policies.
Outcome 5: Research - Develop skills to access information and apply it effectively.
Outcome 6: Writing - Display the ability to analyze research, develop, write, and present a strategic plan for the various elements of the wine industry: vineyards, winemaking and marketing.
Outcome 7: Work Skills - Display a basic range of professional habits and skills to meet the HR standards of the wine industry.
A.S. Degree Options
Students who complete the A.S. degree in Viticulture and Winery Technology specialize in Viticulture, Winemaking, or Wine Marketing and Sales. The A.S. degree includes general education courses, basic science courses, and core courses in the degree option. The typical student will be able to earn an A.S. degree in two to three years. Minimum C grade in all courses required for the major.
Viticulture: for students interested in agriculture—the growing of grapes.
Winemaking: for students who want to work in the winery—cellar, laboratory and winemaking jobs.
Wine Marketing and Sales: for students who enjoy interacting with people in the selling of wine and the hospitality industry.
For specific courses and requirements, consult the NVC catalog, the program coordinator, a college counselor, or the college website (www.napavalley.edu).
Viticulture and Winery Technology: (30 units, minimum C grade in all courses)
VWT 130, 132, 172, 180, 230, 231, 232, 271, 280, 281.
Wine Marketing and Sales: (30 units, minimum C grade in all courses)
VWT 130, 136, 137, 140, 173,180, 241; VWT elective; BUSI 100 and BUSI elective.
Subject to change - See the NVC Catalog or website for required classes, or contact the program coordinator. Click on the certificate titles above to open up a pdf copy of the certificate application forms.
NVC’s program also provides a good foundation to transfer to a four-year college for an advanced degree. Consult the catalog of your choice and get help with specific requirements from an NVC counselor.
Greg Miraglia, Dean of Career Technical Ed.
Interim Coordinator, Viticulture and Winery Technology
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
Office: Criminal Justice Training Center, 1000 ground floor
Phone: (707) 256-7710
VWT Winery Instructor
Office: 3203/3200A Trefethen Building
Phone: (707) 256-7125
VWT Instructional Assistants
Assistant Vineyard Manager/Instructional Assistant
Office: 3200D Wine Storage Bldg.
Phone: (707) 256-7123
Assistant Winery Manager/Winery Tech.
VWT Adjunct Instructor
Office: 3204/3200A Trefethen Building
Phone: (707) 256-7121
Napa Valley College career technical education programs are open and available to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Admission requirements for Napa Valley College career technical education programs are described in the current Napa Valley College catalog. The Napa Valley College Title IX officer is Laura Ecklin (Phone: 707-256-7105, Room 1544B). The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).