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Wine Studies

The Mid-Willamette Valley is a major player in the wine industry. Chemeketa's Wine Studies program offers hands-on training to meet the present and future needs for skilled winemakers, cellar workers, vineyard managers, and lab technicians.

topics Agricultural Sciences

Skills & InterestWorking with your hands

CareersAgricultural Science

  • Man tends to grapes in a vineyard

Why choose program or class?

Northwest Oregon is celebrated for cool-climate wine grapes, particularly Pinot Noir. There are 1,000-plus vineyards and 725 wineries in Oregon. The vineyard acreage and number of wineries in Oregon have increased substantially over the last decade.

What will you learn?

Our Wine Studies programs will teach you the skills for a number of different careers in the wine industry. This can be from managing the growth and production of wine grapes to the work of turning the grapes grown into wine.

What will you do?

The thriving Oregon wine industry will present you with a number of job and career opportunities. Whether you are interested in becoming a cellar master, winemaker, vineyard manager or something in between - opportunities abound throughout the state's wine industry.


    In the Winemaking program, you will learn about fruit and wine chemistry, microbiology and sensory analysis. This will include hands-on training in our onsite commercial vineyard and winery.

    You will learn how to –

    • Check grape maturity and make harvest decisions
    • Process grapes
    • Manage fermentation
    • Use and maintain winery equipment
    • Perform quality control
    • Build a winery facility
    • Comply with government regulations

    In the Vineyard Management program, you will learn chemistry, plant science and business management as it relates to farming. This will include hands-on training in our on-site commercial vineyard and winery.

    You will learn how to –

    • Evaluate a site for winegrape growing
    • Track vineyard operations and prepare reports
    • Project timing of vineyard operations
    • Properly perform seasonal work including pruning, integrated pest management, canopy management, vineyard floor management and crop regulation
    • Comply with government regulations
    • Develop a vineyard business plan

    The Vineyard Operations certificate teaches you the skills needed for employment as a vineyard technician or if you're interested in starting a vineyard.

    You will learn how to –

    • Evaluate a site for winegrape growing
    • Track vineyard operations and prepare reports
    • Properly perform seasonal vineyard work including pruning, disease and pest control, canopy management and crop regulation
  • Wine Hospitality & Operations Certificate

    The Wine Hospitality Operations certificate prepares you for supervisory positions in winery tasting rooms. Tasting rooms have emerged as a critical sales channel for local wineries seeking to maximize revenue and creating loyal customers.

    This Independent Course of Study combines courses from both the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) department and the Wine Studies (VWM) department.

    You will enjoy a unique opportunity to gain real-life experience in the tasting room and wine club at the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola to support the sale of Chemeketa Cellars wines.

    In addition to 6 credit hours of work experience, students will work with an advisor to select an additional 30 credit hours from the course list below to tailor the certificate to each student’s specific skill gaps.

    Certificate Class Offerings
    Course IDTitleCredits
    HTM105 Restaurant Operation 4
    HTM107 Hospitality Cost Control 4
    HTM125 Special Events Planning 4
    HTM131 Customer Service 4
    HTM138 Foods and Beverages: Gastronomy 4
    HTM224 Catering and Banquets 4
    VMW101 General Viticulture 3
    VMW121 Intro to Winemaking 3
    VMW131 Wine Appreciation 3
    VMW132 Wines of the World 3
    VMW13 Wines of Pacific NW 3
    VMW170 Selling and Marketing Wine 3
    VMW232 Sensory Evaluation of Wine Varietals 3
    VMW233 Sensory Evaluation of Wine Components 3
    CWE280B-L Cooperative Work Experience 6

    Certificate Total Requirement 36