Texas Winemaking Certificate Program

   

The Texas Winemaking Certificate Program is designed for winery entrepreneurs, winemakers, cellar workers, business managers, and prospective employees seeking comprehensive knowledge of the principles of enology and commercial wine production practices. It is headquartered at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas and is conveniently delivered through a combination of online courses and hands-on experiential learning.

Course credit

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are awarded upon successful completion of all except preparatory courses. Enrollment in individual courses is permitted, but successful completion of all core courses plus 6 CEU from elective courses is required to receive the Professional Certificate in Winemaking.

Course Descriptions

Preparatory Courses

Wine Chemistry
Introduction to the chemical composition of grapes and wine, and influence on wine quality.
Educational Method: Online tutorial
Credit: 0 CEU

Core Courses (12 CEU)

Wine Production 1: Fermentation
Topics in wine production from grape ripening and harvest through fermentation.
Educational Method: Online coursework plus optional activities in Fredericksburg, TX
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit: 4 CEU

Wine Production 2: Post-fermentation
Post-fermentation practices including stabilization, blending, aging, and bottling.
Educational Method: Online coursework plus optional activities in Fredericksburg, TX
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit: 4 CEU

Wine Analysis and Quality Control
Introduction to wine analysis methods and quality control procedures.
Educational Method: Face-to-face activities in Fredericksburg, TX
Duration: 2.5 days (8 hrs/day)
Credit: 2 CEU

Sensory Evaluation for Wine Production
Sensory evaluation methods, standards, and identification of wine faults.
Educational Method: Face-to-face activities in Fredericksburg, TX
Duration: 2.5 days (8 hrs/day)
Credit: 3 CEU

Elective Courses - select a minimum of 6 CEU

Winery Management/Cellar Operations
Compliance with federal and state regulations.
Educational Method: Online coursework
Duration: 12 weeks
Credit: 3 CEU

Viticulture for Winemakers
Overview of viticulture principles and vineyard management practices influencing fruit quality and wine production.
Educational Method: Combination of online and face-to-face activities in Fredericksburg, TX
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit: 3 CEU

Wine Marketing
Principles and practices of marketing wine.
Educational Method: Online
Duration: 12 weeks
Credit: 3 CEU

Wine Tourism
Introduction to winery business plans and management.
Educational Method: Online
Duration: 12 weeks
Credit: 3 CEU

Course Fees

$150 per CEU credit plus $30 CEU certificate fee per course
Additional lab fees required for some courses

Scholarships

The Wine Society of Texas offers an annual Scholarship Grant Program for individuals studying viticulture and enology in Texas. See the WST website for scholarship details and an application form.

The Wine Society of Texas

Registration

Course registration is available approximately one month prior to the start of each course.

Contact Maureen Qualia for information on the next course offering.

Computer Requirements

The online portion of the program will be delivered via the Blackboard course management system. Minimum computer requirements for a successful experience in this class are: 400 MHz or faster processor, 128 megabytes of RAM or more, 5-10 megabytes of free disk space, Internet access service, and a minimum Internet connection speed of 56k per second. Since most of the lectures are narrated and delivered via streaming audio, a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended. A reliable e-mail address and word processing software will also be needed. Students will be provided with web access to coursework following completion of registration.

Helpful Resources

The Distance Learning Self-Assessment is a short online questionnaire to help students determine their suitability for distance learning.

Distance Learning Self-Assessment

Contacts

Maureen Qualia, Instructor
Texas Tech University - Fredericksburg

Dr. Edward Hellman, Program Leader
Texas Tech University - Lubbock

 

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