Viticulture students in the enology laboratory at the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center

Whether you want to perfect your winemaking craft or are curious about entering the profession, our Viticulture certificate will enrich your knowledge in as little as one year. The online program is perfect for hobbyists and working professionals alike.

Certificate Program Overview

FLCC's Viticulture certificate program provides a practical education in viticulture, winemaking, and bottling. With the Viticulture certificate, you'll be prepared to seek an entry-level position in the wine industry, continue your studies in our Viticulture and Wine Technology degree program, or develop your winemaking skills as a hobbyist.

Hands-on Training with Industry Experts

The entire Finger Lakes region is part of the outdoor classroom you'll spend time in while completing this program. You will also benefit from two extensive practicums that 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 winemaking, tasting, and bottling.

Field Experiences at our Professional Facilities

Learn from and work with some of the 130 wineries in the area while gaining valuable experience at professional winemaking and enology lab facilities. FLCC's Viticulture and Wine Center features a commercially licensed teaching winery, an enology laboratory, a classroom, and student computer workstations. Students also work outdoors in the adjacent vineyard and state-of-the-art crushpad.

Other field experiences integrated into this program include trips to locations throughout the area for technical training and plant research, including the FLCC and Cornell Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company and Cornell AgriTech.

Explore our Flexible Learning Styles

A portion of our Viticulture certificate program courses are available online. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn college credit. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

Certificate Program Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Practice fermentation management.
  • Appraise and critique sustainable techniques in vineyard management.
  • Evaluate scenarios to prevent common viticulture and winemaking problems.
  • Produce wine from vineyard through wine stabilization.
  • Plan and describe vineyard establishment and management for modern wine production

Start Your Career Immediately

With this certificate, you'll be prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Vineyard Management
  • Winery Operations
  • Wine Sales
  • Wine Center Management
  • Cellar Procedures
  • Equipment Operation
  • Pesticide Program Management

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. Over 80% of FLCC students receive financial awards that help reduce the cost of college — or cover it completely!

As a Viticulture and Wine Technology student, you are eligible for many general education scholarship opportunities as well as the following program-specific scholarships:

  • Constellation Brands Viticultural
  • Ridgefield Viticulture

The Faculty

Our Viticulture and Wine Technology faculty are dedicated to both their craft and teaching. Some of our instructors operate their own vineyards and wineries while others conduct research. With decades of combined experience, our faculty and staff are eager to share their passion for the industry and help you succeed.

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