Texas Tech University

Texas Winemaking Certificate Program

The Texas Winemaking Certificate Program is designed for wine industry entrepreneurs, winemakers, cellar workers, and prospective winery employees seeking comprehensive knowledge of the winemaking process. The program is produced by the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences at Texas Tech University and is headquartered at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. It is conveniently delivered through a combination of online courses and hands-on training in our small teaching winery.

Eighteen continuing education units (CEUs) must be completed for the Texas Winemaking Certificate. This is achieved by taking four core courses (12 CEUs) and an additional two electives. This program is offered on a course by course basis. The current course rotation is listed below. Courses may also be taken on an individual basis without the intention of completing the full certificate.

 

Course Schedule

Core Courses Logistics CEU
Wine Production 1: Fermentation

Course Description

The course will provide an overview of wine production focusing on pre-fermentation processes and fermentation management. Emphasis will be placed on improved winemaking through quality control and management.

Online

13 weeks

Fall Semester

4
Wine Production 2: Post Fermentation

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of wine production focusing on post-fermentation processes including: quality control (spoilage prevention, recognition, and rectification), implementation of stylistic tools and strategies, aging and maturation options, stabilization, fining, blending, filtration and bottling.

Online

13 weeks

Spring Semester

4
Sensory Evaluation and Chemical Analysis of Wine

Course Description

This course will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics of commercial wine analysis. Students will gain experience performing the most common and important analyses including: Ebulliometry, free and total SO2 by aeration oxidation and the Ripper method, volatile acidity by distillation, pH, titratable acidity, brix, and reagent standardization. The scope and limits of each method will be tested. An overview of sensory evaluation for wine production will provide training on detection and recognition of wine faults, as well as individual threshold levels for specific aroma compounds. Various chemical components of wines will also be examined including wine acids, wine sugars, bitterness, and astringency.

Fredericksburg

4 days

Multiple sections/year

4
Elective Courses Logistics CEU
Viticulture for Winemakers

Course Description

This course will review viticultural practices as they relate to wine production. This course is not a substitute for the Texas Viticulture Program but will provide students with a basic understanding of viticultural practices.

Online

10 weeks

Spring Semester

3
Winery Design, Utilities and Operations

Course Description

This course will provide a survey of winery layout and logistics. Equipment selection and sizing will be examined. Winery utilities will be explored based on location, whether urban or rural, and include related regulations. Safety training related to winery operations will be provided. This course also includes a two-day optional winery production facility field trip in the Texas Hill Country.

Online

10 weeks

Spring Semester

3
Legal Aspects of Wine Business

Course Description

This course will introduce participants to the general concepts and issues relating to the creation and operation of a vineyard and winery. The course will explain general legal concepts, real estate issues, outline business formation and operation concepts, explore contracts and contract provisions, define employment relationships, discuss premises liability, identify governmental agencies and regulation, and describe legal issues and areas specifically related to the operation of vineyards and wineries.

Online

10 weeks

Fall Semester

3

 

Details

Program Instructor

Maureen Qualia
Senior Lecturer of Enology
Department of Plant and Soil Science
(806) 834-4780
maureen.qualia@ttu.edu

Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg
2818 East US Highway 290
Fredericksburg TX, 78624

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Prerequisites & Recommendations

While there are no formal prerequisites, it is recommended that Wine Production 1&2 be taken in sequence. Also, the science of winemaking is comprised of many chemical concepts. Several great online chemistry tutorials are available free of charge. It is recommended that a review of chemistry is completed online or chemistry courses taken at your local community college.

Online Chemistry Tutorials

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.

Registration & Fees

The cost of this program is $200 per credit hour, plus any applicable lab fees.

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Questions?

We would love to hear from you! Email us at grapesandwine@ttu.edu.

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