Finger Lakes Community College
Geneva, New York
Viticulture and Wine Technology Programs
FLCC’s Viticulture and Wine Technology programs allow students to explore the theories and applications of winemaking in the heart of the renowned Finger Lakes wine region in Upstate New York. With two unique academic pathways of study, several opportunities to specialize, and the option to take some coursework online, students have the flexibility to find their passion within the industry. From grape growing and winemaking to winery management, FLCC exposes students to every aspect of the industry with a focus on sustainability and crafting wine that is a reflection of the vineyard.
Students can tailor their education to meet their needs, interests, and time with an AAS in Viticulture and Wine Technology or a Viticulture Certificate. The AAS program provides a broad, foundational education in winemaking and vineyard management, including wine technology, enology, vineyard management and pesticide application.
Whether you plan to manage your own winery or are just interested in learning more about the wine industry, FLCC’s Viticulture Certificate program will introduce you to winemaking techniques and vineyard management skills. With the option to complete some coursework online, students in the certificate program have the flexibility to learn anywhere and on their own time. The Viticulture Certificate is ideally suited for students with prior degrees, but is open to anyone hoping to gain insider knowledge about the growing wine industry.
Students learn at FLCC’s Viticulture and Wine Center, a nearby Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard, and at wineries and vineyards throughout the Finger Lakes region. Students immediately put classroom concepts and skills into practice. The Center provides a teaching wine lab, classroom space, an on-site winery, and is outfitted with all of the equipment you would expect to find at a small winery – including custom-made tanks, a crush pad, and equipment for bottling and labeling wine.
Operating in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Finger Lakes Grape Program, students have the opportunity to conduct research and hold demonstrations for local grape growers. At FLCC’s neighboring outdoor classroom – the Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard at Anthony Road Wine Company – students prune vines in the winter, scout for potential diseases and insect pests in the summer, and harvest grapes in the fall for a student winemaking project. This vineyard has over 15 varieties of grapes that are either common to the Finger Lakes region or may be important to the future of the industry.
STUDENT EXPERIENCE AND COMMUNITY CONNECTION
At FLCC, opportunities for Viticulture students go beyond the classroom. Students benefit from robust field experiences – including trips throughout the greater Finger Lakes region for technical training and grape and plant research – and extensive practicums that provide hands-on training in the areas of planting, pruning and harvesting grapes.
Students showcase their work throughout the year, and FLCC student-made wines routinely win awards in the New York Wine and Food Classic, the most prestigious wine competition for New York wines.
FLCC’s Viticulture programs have strong working relationships with wineries throughout the region, and many passionate local winemakers serve on the advisory board. Upon graduation, students will already have the support and connections they need to pursue career and transfer opportunities.
WINE IN THE FINGER LAKES
Study in the heart of New York’s premier wine-growing region. New York State is home to a $6.5-billion wine industry, including over 450 wineries and 35,000 acres of vineyards. With a cool climate and short growing season, the region receives worldwide recognition for its Riesling, while also producing a healthy variety of other whites, rosés, sparklings and reds. The charm of the Finger Lakes region goes beyond the vineyard, as people come from all over the world to explore the small town rural atmosphere of our 11 Finger Lakes. Here, students experience the ultimate outdoor classroom!
AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE
Community colleges offer an affordable choice to pursue your educational goals. Students earn transferable credits and gain strong preparation for a future career. As one of 30 SUNY community colleges in New York, FLCC students benefit from smaller classes, flexible course scheduling, and caring faculty and staff — all for a fraction of the cost!
In addition to reasonable tuition rates, a wide array of scholarships are available for Viticulture students. This makes the cost of attending college well within reach.
DEGREE & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
- AAS Viticulture and Wine Technology
- Viticulture Certificate
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