Woman with long blonde hair stands in a supermarket aisle full of wine and holds up a bottle.


Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Certificate

Minimum Credits: 32

Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact email: binsfeldd@nicc.edu


The Enology program offers a comprehensive examination of the field of enology (wine making) offered through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) consortium of 17 colleges and universities. The program provides the knowledge required to produce wines of the highest quality and provides the science, agriculture and business skills necessary to participate in Iowa’s rapidly growing wine industry. Included is a foundation in chemistry and biology along with courses related to equipment operation, cellar maintenance and wine analysis. The program is designed to include field work and practicums at local wineries.

Some of the courses listed may not be available online through NICC; however, all courses are available online through at least one of the participating VESTA consortium colleges. Students interested in the Enology program should become familiar with VESTA by visiting its website.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
VIN:105 Molecular Principles of Grape and Wine (VESTA) 4.0
VIN:110 Intro to Wine Microorganisms (VESTA) 3.0
VIN:146 Intro to Enology (VESTA) 3.0
VIN:160 Winery Equipment Operation (VESTA) 2.0
VIN:246 Intermediate Enology - Harvest/Crush (VESTA) 2.0
VIN:257 Fall Wine Production Internship (VESTA) 3.0


Term 2
VIN:111 Intro to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment (VESTA) OR 3.0
VIN:211 Integrated Pest Management (VESTA) OR 2.0
AGA:142 Soils for Viticulture (VIN:293) 3.0
VIN:148 Winery Sanitation (VESTA) 3.0
VIN:247 Intermediate Enology - Post Harvest (VESTA) 2.0
VIN:259 Cellar Operations Technology (VESTA) 2.0
VIN:266 Sensory Evaluation (VESTA) 3.0
VIN:268 Wine and Must Analysis (VESTA) 3.0

Some of the courses listed may not be available online through NICC; however, all are available online through at least one of the participating VESTA consortium colleges.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $27,664 - $72,217 and a projected growth of 30.4%, the career outlook for Enology graduates is outstanding.

Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

Sample Job Titles

Cellar Worker
Cellar Manager
Consulting Enologist
Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Technician
Quality Control Manager
Seasonal Winery Worker
Wine Buyer/Wholesaler/Retailer
Winery Equipment Operation and Maintenance Manager
Winery Manager

Salary and opening information provided by NICC Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Additional Information

This program is offered through Northeast Iowa Community College's membership and association with VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance), a national center of excellence funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. VESTA provides the expertise and resources of 17 participating colleges spanning from Washington state to New York state. The VESTA alliance allows students access to industry and educational experts from coast to coast, and the online format allows students to complete that degrees without leaving their community.


Douglas Binsfeld
Dean of Arts & Sciences, Peosta
800.728.7367, ext 207