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.
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.
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Industry Career Opportunities
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.
Information about Napa Valley College’s courses for transfer to four-year institutions may be obtained from the Counseling Department.
The Viticulture and Winery Technology Program options are designed to prepare students for careers in the North Coast wine industry. The one-year certificate and two-year Associate of Science (A.S.) degree options provide students with the knowledge and skills essential for success.
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 Napa Valley College counselor, or the college website.
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 title above to open up a pdf copy of the certificate application form.
Program Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of grape production.
Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of common wine styles and the annual cycle of wine making.
Display knowledge of the elements of marketing and selling wines.
Display an understanding of world wine styles, major production regions and the fundamentals of wine sensory evaluation.
Demonstrate the ability to meet applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.
Display an understanding of the skills needed to research topics related to the wine industry.
Demonstrate the ability to analyze research; develop, write and present a strategic plan for the individual elements of the wine industry, including viticulture, wine making, and marketing and sales.
Display an understanding of interpersonal relations in professional settings.
Display an understanding of professional skills that meet the accepted standards of the wine industry.
Gainful Employment Program Disclosures
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 Dr. Craig Alimo, Director of Equity & Inclusivity (Phone: 707-256-7364, Room 1330B). The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott, Dean, Library & Learning Resource Center (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).
VWT Program Coordinator
3203/3200A Trefethen Bldg.
Phone: (707) 256-7125
VWT Instructor (Vineyard)
Office: 3204/3200A Trefethen Bldg.
Phone: Not Installed/Pending
VWT Instructional Assistants
Assistant Winery Manager/
VWT Adjunct Instructor
Phone: (707) 256-7121
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NVC Estate Wine 2013 Pinot Noir Wins Double-Gold in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for the $28 to $31.99 price category.
Read more: Weekly Calistogan
The Napa Valley Register ran a wonderful article on Michael Weis, a long-time VWT adjunct instructor. Click here to download 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 2014 San Francisco Chronicle wine judging competition. Here is the link for all of the “Best of Class” awards.