• Feel connected to the Earth

    Your efforts will be well worth it as you nurture the fruits of your labor, feeling the satisfaction that you're learning to cultivate a sustainable product.

  • Have grapes, make wine

    Making wine is an ancient process of transforming grapes that has a history since biblical times, through planting, cultivation, and harvesting the vine and its fruit.

  • Be part of a growing industry

    With the only Viticulture/Enology program in the Southwest, Yavapai College enjoys many partnerships with local wineries and winegrowers. Besides grapes, we're cultivating careers!

  • Enjoy the outdoors

    You won't always be in a stuffy classroom. Fresh air and sunshine are also part of the fun.

  • The most scenic area in the US

    Spectacular views, vistas, and formations are the backdrop for living, playing and naturally, wine growing. You'll feel inspired just being here.

  • We’re unique, and it shows

    Our estate vineyard is slated to grow promising varietals specific to the Southwest. Our vineyards go beyond Bordeaux.

 

Viticulture and Enology Programs at Yavapai College

Viticulture: A Career-Driven Education

Our Viticulture and Enology Program equips you with a solid academic foundation, alongside a variety of hands-on experiences that prepares you to step right into a career in the rapidly growing Arizona wine industry, or any other wine industry in the nation.

The Viticulture Certificate and the Viticulture and Enology Associates Degree are integrated with field/cellar-based practicums that demonstrate sound practices at the Yavapai College Estate Vineyards and Cellars. You’ll also get your foot in the door with local vineyards and wineries by spending half of your required practicum hours with other wine industry professionals.

At Yavapai College we believe in workforce development.

Enology School: On-Site Experience

Our Enology program provides more than just lectures. We run our program under a functioning business model with students taking part in every step. Planting up to 20 acres on site, the Program offers ground-up experience in vineyard installation, vineyard management, and winery design and construction. This also provides the unique opportunity to see the intimate correlation between vineyard management practices and wine quality.

In the years to come, the Southwest Wine Center plans to grow 100% of its own wine in a state-of-the-art, on-campus winery. A tasting room also run by student workers provides the last step in the process. Students will learn to analyze, market and sell wine to the public. Our practical approach is your key to opportunity in the Wine Industry.

What We Deliver to You

  1. Teaching vineyard
  2. Teaching winery
  3. A practicum with local vintners
  4. Hands-on experience: planting to press

What You’ll Get From Us

You’ll be highly competitive for jobs as demand grows in Arizona for skilled workers in the industry.
Your skills transfer with you to any wine-making region.

Career Opportunities

  • Vineyard Manager
  • Winemaker/Assistant Winemaker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Cellar Master
  • Crew Supervisor
  • Viticulturist
  • Winery Lab Technician
  • Tasting Room Manager

I love the hands on nature of the program and getting to know the instructors and other students. We enjoy working together.
Jason, Viticulture student