New Wine Industry Training Offered for Fall 2006

OGGWMA Education Chair Announcements

Grape growers and winemakers,

Our industry has come a long way in the past 5 or 6 years. One area where this is clearly evident is in the educational opportunities that have been developing. The most exciting development, in case you haven't heard, is the establishment of two Viticulture and Enology programs in the state. Both OSU-OKC and Redlands Community College are creating associates degrees and will be offering a selection of vineyard and winemaking courses over the next few semesters.

Both colleges will be offering viticulture courses starting this fall semester. Redlands is hard at work turning the historic building at their Darlington vineyard into a classroom facility and state of the art winery. OSU-OKC will soon begin remodeling and enlarging their horticulture center and plan to establish a state of the art educational wine making facility there as well. Below are two releases from these two fine institutions of higher learning:


OSU-OKC, in cooperation with OSU Stillwater, will be offering the first class of their Viticulture and Enology program beginning this fall sememster. Future plans include new facilities and a complete remodel of the Horticultural Center at the OKC campus and the continued development of research at the vineyards located at the OSU Fruit Research Station at Perkins and the newly established vineyard on the OSU-OKC campus. Winemaking research and courses will also be offered at the Food and Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater.

Fall 2006 class:

HRT 2053 Vineyard Selection & Harvest Management; 3 credit hours, fall offering Provides information about the viticulture history, geographic location where grapes are grown and climatic conditions necessary for viticulture production. Also provides information about cultivar and variety selection. Field oriented experience in vineyard layout, including site selection and preparation, construction trellis systems and vine training. Additional field experience with harvest management including equipment, processing and handling.

Contact details for this fall's class:

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center 400 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
405.945.3358 (Mary Brown)

HRT 2053 Vineyard Selection & Harvest Management (i.e. Viticulture I)
Section 104/105

Class times: Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm / Saturday 8:00am - 2:50pm
August 25-26
September 22-23
October 26-27
November 17-18
December 8-9


Redlands Community College offers Oklahoma's only two-year degrees in viticulture and enology. The increased popularity of grape growing and wine making in our state has provided economic development for many underserved agricultural areas. Redlands Community College recently planted a 26-variety research vineyard at Darlington and will soon complete a state-of-the-art educational winery. These projects are funded through our Center of Excellence Grant and an Economic Development Grant through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Classes are offered in traditional classroom and online formats to accommodate student needs.

Fall 2006 Classes

VIN 1111 Oklahoma Vineyard Management
August 26 & December 9

VIN 1113 Viticulture I
9/30, 10/1, 10/28, 10/29, 11/4, 11/5, 12/2, 12/3 Saturdays 9-5, Sundays 9-1

VIN 2962 Vineyard and Winery Marketing Internet class

VIN 2972 Winery Tasting Room Management Internet class

VIN 1111 and VIN 1113 seating is limited to the first 30 students, sign up early.

Proposed 2-year Schedule

Fall 2006
VIN 1113 Principles of Viticulture I
VIN 2972 Vineyard and Winery Marketing
VIN 2962 Winery Tasting Room Management
VIN 1111 Oklahoma Vineyard Management

Spring 2007
ENO 1112 Principles of Enology I
VIN 2112 Principles of Viticulture II
VIN 1121 Global Terroir
ENO 1121 Sensory Evaluation

Summer 2007
VIN 2111 Integrated Pest Management
ENO 2112 Principles of Enology II

Fall 2007
VIN 2221 Vineyard Technology
ENO 2132 Winery Operations
ENO 2122 Analysis of Must and Wine

For info contact Andrew Snyder: snydera@redlandscc.edu

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