Viticulture and Wine Technology: Viticulture Track

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

A Viticulture student stands in a lush, late summer vineyard pulling a grape from the vine.

Viticulturists play an important role in wine production by ensuring that vineyards maximize yield and flavor. This track introduces you to the tools and techniques necessary to manage a vineyard from seed to store.

Viticulture Track Overview

This variation of our A.A.S Viticulture and Wine Technology degree increases the focus on biology and chemistry to help you master the science of grape production. As a transfer program, this track prepares you for the upper-level courses you'll take at a four-year institution.

Professional Wine Production Facilities

As a viticulture student, you'll take most or all of your classes at the Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva, NY. This professional facility features a teaching winery, vineyard, enology lab, aging rooms, crush pad, and classroom.

Work with the same viticulture technology and equipment you'll find at local wineries throughout the Finger Lakes region.

Tour the Viticulture and Wine Center

FLCC main building on the Canandaigua Campus

Viticulture Track Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Viticulture track program, students will be able to:

  • Practice fermentation management.
  • Appraise and critique sustainable techniques in vineyard management.
  • Evaluate scenarios to prevent common viticulture and winemaking problems.
  • Compare and appraise the technologies used in vineyard management.
  • Develop practical skills used in vineyard management.
  • Interpret processes of pest control throughout grape vine phenological cycles.

Four-Year Career Pathways

With an advanced degree in viticulture, you'll be prepared for employment opportunities in vineyard operations, including:

  • Grape Production Manager
  • Grower Relations
  • Vineyard Manager
  • Viticulturist
  • Wine Technology Specialist

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

Continue your education with a four-year degree in viticulture or other related field. Pursuing an advanced degree in viticulture allows you to further specialize your area of expertise. You'll find colleges and universities with wine degrees in viticultural regions across the U.S., including:

  • Cornell University
  • Oregon State University
  • Washington State University
  • UC Davis

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


Our Viticulture and Wine Technology faculty are dedicated to both their craft and teaching. Some of our instructors operate their own vineyards and wineries, while others conduct wine research. With decades of combined experience, our faculty and staff are eager to share their passion for the industry and help you succeed. Faculty networks with local wineries and international wine regions — such as Argentina, Australia, and France — help you build connections in the wine industry, leading to exciting internships and job opportunities.