Viticulture and Wine Technology
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Study Viticulture in one of the nation's most productive winemaking regions. Gain hands-on experience with every aspect of the winemaking process by operating FLCC's in-house winery, vineyard, and enology laboratory.
Create a career that — like a fine wine — gets better with time. With the wine industry continuing to flourish, the demand for individuals with the specialized knowledge and skill sets continues to rise in this industry. Your path to a career in this field begins with FLCC's Viticulture and Wine Technology program. This program, which is the only one of its kind in the northeastern United States, prepares you for entering a career in the many facets of the wine industry.
FLCC's A.A.S. Viticulture and Wine Technology degree program requires you to demonstrate scientific and vocational knowledge, including occupational Spanish, tractor driving and pesticide application. This degree is designed to allow you to further your education so that you can apply to four-year programs.
Building on FLCC's well-known and established Environmental Conservation and Horticulture programs, this degree also includes an emphasis on sustainability, ensuring that the important environmental issues in the region will be addressed.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to read, write, and integrate and analyze information from multiple resources and present the information using select computer programs commonly available.
- Demonstrate professional competency in viticulture and wine technology using industry level skills and knowledge.
- Explain interdependence of viticulture and winemaking with rural communities, economic activities, human and natural resources.
- Speak and present before a group on viticulture and wine technology topics including: wine microbiology, modern winemaking technologies, grapevine physiology, vineyard environmental factors and interactions, and sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery.
- Apply academic and professional ethics and values while critically evaluating modern viticulture and winemaking practices.
- Apply mathematics skills while understanding the impact of winemaking and/or viticulture decisions on wine and/or grape chemistry characteristics.
The unique beauty of the Finger Lakes region is part of the "outdoor classroom" in this degree program. During your program experience, you'll learn and work among the hundreds of wineries located in the Finger Lakes region, and utilize facilities such as the:
- FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center
- The FLCC and Cornell Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard located at Anthony Road Wine Company
- Cornell AgriTech
Other field experiences integrated into this program include trips to locations throughout the area for field technical training and grape and plant research.
Additionally, you will benefit from the experience of two extensive practicums, which will provide significant hands-on training in all facets of winemaking. You'll gain knowledge on the process of planting, pruning, and harvesting grapes as well as the making, tasting, and bottling of wine.
With this degree, you'll be prepared for employment opportunities in:
- Vineyard Management
- Winery Operations
- Wine Sales
- Wine Center Management
- Cellar Procedures
- Equipment Operation
- Pesticide Program Management
Employment opportunities exist in small and large wineries. With this degree, you'll be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution such as Cornell University.
As a Viticulture and Wine Technology student, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:
- Constellation Brands Viticultural
- Ridgefield Viticulture
For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.
Enology and Viticulture Tracks
As a Viticulture and Wine Technology student, you'll have the opportunity to specialize your studies in winemaking or grape growing through our Enology or Viticulture track programs. Both tracks are optional, and they are designed to prepare you for transfer opportunities after FLCC.