According to the Huffington Post, Washington has the second-highest number of wineries than any other state in the nation. It also ranks third in overall wine production. With this distinction, it makes sense that one of the biggest winemaking degrees in the country would also be located at a community college in Washington. However, Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Washington, isn’t the only school to capitalize on the need for trained workers in the wine industry. Other schools in the state, as well as in Oregon, have also provided training programs for local wineries.
This Oregon community college also offers degree programs in both viticulture (wine growing) and enology. According to the Umpqua Community College, there are currently more than 700 vineyards throughout the state of Oregon, making this a training program with a myriad of possible employment opportunities after graduation. Those who graduate from the programs can find work as vineyard or cellar managers, winemakers, viticulturists, or lab technicians.
This is another Oregon school offering training programs in winemaking. The Chemeketa Community College programs include specialization in winemaking, wine marketing, and vineyard management. The program features hands-on training at the Northwest Viticulture Center located at the school’s Eola campus.
This video describes the winemaking program at Chemeketa Community College.
Winemaking has come into its own in the U.S., as the West Coast has seen tremendous growth in this industry in recent years. To answer the call, community colleges in the area are now offering winemaking degrees that prepare students for all aspects of the wine industry. For those who are more apt to critique wine rather than make the drink, there are also community college programs in wine tasting!
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