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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. At the left of the page you will find links to articles on the early years of the winery, and the very first wine release announcement. For current college wine releases, see the Winery page. 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.
Napa Valley Register Article: College is the Toast of the Town (10/7/08)
Viticulture & Winery Technology
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.
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.
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 college counselor, or the college website (www.napavalley.edu).
Viticulture and Winery Technology:
(31 units, minimum C grade in all courses) VWT 130, 132, 172, 180, 230, 231, 232, 271, 280, 281
Wine Marketing and Sales: (31 units, minimum C grade in all courses)
VWT 130, 136, 137, 140, 173,180, 241; VWT elective; BUSI 100 and BUSI elective.
NVC’s program also provides a good foundation to transfer to a four-year college for an advanced degree. Consult the catalog of your choice and get help with specific requirements from an NVC counselor.
Dr. Stephen Krebs
Professor, Viticulture and Winery Technology
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
Office: Ag Lab (Room 3220/3221)
Phone: (707) 253-3259
VWT Winery Instructor
Office: 3203/Trefethen Building
Phone: (707) 253-3049
VWT Instructional Assistants
Assistant Vineyard Manager/Instructional Assistant
Phone: (707) 256-4533
Assistant Winery Manager/Instructional Assistant
VWT Adjunct Instructor
Phone: (707) 259-6021
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 Kevin Luckey (Phone: 707-259-4514, Room 609). The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).