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Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Certificate


The Enology Specialist program prepares graduates with a comprehensive examination of the field of enology (wine making) offered through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) consortium of colleges. The program provides the knowledge required to produce wines of the highest quality and provides students with the science, agriculture and business skills necessary to enhance the rapidly growing wine industry. Students have the option of earning an AAS, Diploma or Certificate.


Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.


Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 21

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
VIN:146 **Intro to Enology 3.0
VIN:160 **Winery Equipment 2.0


Term 2
VIN:148 **Winery Sanitation 3.0
VIN:213 **Regional Vineyard Management 2.0
VIN:266 Sensory Evaluation 3.0
VIN:290 Winery Safety 2.0


Term 3
VIN:257 **Fall Wine Production Internship 3.0

**Courses completed through VESTA.

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:

Estimated Salary (Midwest Region)

$53,894  (2013 Wine Business Monthly)

Estimated Annual Openings

In 2012, the wine industry in Iowa employed 2,678 full-time equivalent workers, representing 51% growth. (Iowa State Univerity, 2014)

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


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