Nikki Check – Director of Viticulture
Viticulture & Enology Programs: AAS Degree or Certificate
As a student in Yavapai College’s Viticulture Program, you have the opportunity to study in the ONLY Viticulture Program offered in the state of Arizona. Your studies will focus on growing grapes for wine making, vineyard seasonal practices, and vineyard management.
This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in the grape growing industry. Classroom instruction, laboratory and field applications of viticultural principles and practices are included in the program of study.
- Hands-on learning is emphasized in the majority of courses.
- Learn about the seasonal operations that occur at different times in the vineyard.
- Learn about how grape growing practices influence wine quality.
- Requirement to partner with local vineyards.
Viticulture & Enology Associates of Applied Science Degree
The Viticulture and Enology 2-year degree program prepares students for a variety of careers in vineyards (vineyard workers, crew leaders, managers, viticulturists) to wineries (winemakers, cellar workers, lab technicians).
A 20-acre vineyard, planted in the foothills of Mingus Mountain on Yavapai College’s Verde Valley campus, provides students with hands-on real world, scientific experience in vineyard establishment and management including, plant science, water management, vine selection, land preparation, and planting and harvesting the grapes.
Full-Production Teaching Winery
Students will learn the concepts of producing wine at the state-of-the-art teaching winery. The winery will have production areas and barrel and case storage to support production of 3,000 cases of wine per year. Students will gain experience in the marketing and business aspects of the wine industry by working in the Southwest Wine Center tasting room located within the campus winery.
Note: Students must be 21 years of age or older to pursue the AAS Degree with Enology.