Texas Tech University

Program Reviews

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"The Texas Tech Winemaking Certificate Program was a great experience for me to gain winemaking knowledge, get hands-on lab and sensory experience and meet many people in the Texas wine industry. Maureen is a fantastic program lead and teacher and I really enjoyed learning with her. I continue to use the class materials as reference on many topics. After making wine for a couple of years, the program helped me integrate my operational experience with technical learnings to improve my winemaking capabilities. I definitely recommend it!"
Janet Miertschin, National Multi-Award-Winning Winemaker
Portree Cellars, Jackson City, Texas


"I think we all can say that the Tech Viticulture Program was a huge benefit and catalyst in our businesses."
Lynne Allen Majek, CEO
Majek Vineyard & Winery, Schulenburg, Texas


"Great program. When I started, I was a full-time electrician. By the time I finished, I had opened a tasting room, planted a vineyard and was making wine for our own label."
Sara Cox, Owner/Operator
10 Mile Productions Winery, Tasting Room, and Craft Kitchen, Brownwood, Texas


"This is the most solid investment I've made in my vineyard."
Virginia Rodriguez, Owner
Mil Veranos Vineyard & Ranch, San Antonio, Texas


"Texas Tech University has been a major driving force in helping me pursue my dreams of being a sommelier and making my mark in the wine industry. Through their rigorous (undergraduate) classes, I was able to learn a great deal about wine, its production, and its service. The internship opportunities also provided valuable hands-on experience and gave me the chance to make important contacts within the industry. As a result, I am confident that I have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the world of wine."
Matt Bostick, Sommelier/Event Director
Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock, Texas


"I loved the TTU winemaking certificate program and learned so much from it! Maureen is a wonderful instructor and a credit to Texas Tech."
Elisa Hensz Jones, Co-Owner & International Award-winning Winemaker
Elisa Christopher Wines, Johnson City, Texas


"I'm a 2013 graduate and highly recommend the program!"
Cynthia Stroup Standridge, Viticulturist
Haslet, Texas


"As a graduate of the TTU winemaking certification and their undergraduate degree in viticulture and enology programs I highly recommend both programs. Thank you, Maureen and Texas Tech!"
Bobby Soliz, Award-winning Winemaker
Dos Rios Winery, South Texas