Texas Tech University

Viticulture Certificate Program application window opens June 1

Norman Martin

May 23, 2023

Next fall the Texas' rapidly growing grape and wine industry will have a new group of trained professionals in the pipeline, thanks to a program known as the 'Texas Tech Viticulture Certificate Program.' But before anyone can even gaze on a grape, they'll need to apply to the program.

"We'll have a new cohort of students for the Texas Tech Viticulture Program in the fall, so it's time for potential students to start thinking about getting their applications completed," said Kirk Williams, a viticulture certificate instructor at Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg. The application period runs from June 1 to August 31, and the program is expected to begin in mid-September.

The viticulture certificate program is designed for wine industry entrepreneurs and prospective vineyard managers seeking comprehensive knowledge of viticulture principles and commercial grape production practices, he said. Produced by Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science, it's headquartered at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg.

"The program is delivered through a combination of online courses and hands-on training in our own teaching vineyard," Williams said. It consists of six courses, held over a two-year period. Successful completion of all six courses is required to receive a Professional Certificate in Viticulture. The program is limited to 40 participants who are willing to make the commitment to move through all courses over the two-year period. Enrollment in individual courses is not available.

Online modules include grapevine biology; site assessment & vineyard development; vine nutrition & water management; canopy management & crop load management; and vineyard pest management. The in-person portion includes four hands-on vineyard sessions. The cost of the two-year program is $3,400.


This story was first published in the Davis College NewsCenter. See the original article here.