Viticulture Technician

A man in a brown hat finds grapes in his vines.

Viticulture Technician

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Diploma, Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 62

Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall

Contact email:


The Viticulture Technician program provides a comprehensive examination of the field of viticulture (grape growing) offered through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) consortium of 17 colleges and universities. The program provides the knowledge required to maintain vineyards in Iowa and the Midwest, with attention given to varietal selection, soil preparation, pest management and vineyard safety, as well as the science, agriculture and business skills necessary to succeed in Iowa’s rapidly growing viticulture business. The program is designed to include field work and laboratory practicum at local vineyards.

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 Viticulture Technician program should become familiar with VESTA by visiting its website.

If general education courses are available via online from Northeast Iowa Community College and have not already been completed, the courses must be taken from NICC when available. If general education courses are not available via online from NICC, they can be taken at another postsecondary institution and transferred to NICC for purposes of completing the VESTA program and are subject to the prior written approval of the dean of the VESTA program.


The requirement of 18 credit hours completed at NICC would be considered satisfied for students who are enrolled in or have completed viticulture and enology courses from a VESTA consortium partner college. The viticulture and enology courses taken from VESTA consortium partner colleges will be considered as equivalent to NICC courses for residency purposes only.

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 (AAS).

Term 1
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
MAT:102 Intermediate Algebra OR 4.0
  Math Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
VIN:111 Vineyard Establishment and Maintenance 3.0
VIN:112 Botanical Viticulture (VESTA) 4.0


Term 2
AGA:142 Soils for Viticulture 3.0
VIN:105 Molecular Principles of Grape and Wine (VESTA)


VIN:146 Intro to Enology (VESTA) 3.0
VIN:212 Winter Viticulture Technology (VESTA) 2.0
  Technical Elective(s) 2.0


Term 3
VIN:215 Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology (VESTA) 2.0

Technical Elective(s)



Term 4
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
BUS:211 Business Statistics 4.0
PHY:106 Survey of Physics OR 4.0
  Physics Elective (transfer-level) 4.0
VIN:211 Integrated Pest Management (VESTA) 2.0
 ** Technical Elective(s) 2.0


Term 5
ENG:106 Composition II OR 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
POL:111 American National Government 3.0
VIN:213 Regional Vineyard Management (VESTA) 2.0
VIN:214 Spring Viticulture Technology (VESTA) 2.0
** Technical Elective(s) 2.0


Technical Electives:  ADM:116, ADM:119, ADM:141, ADM:148, ADM:162, ADM:181, ADM:936, BCA, BUS, CIS, ECN, FIN, GRA, LGL, MGT, MKT, NET:103, NET:156, NET:318, NET:453, NET:946, TRV:113, TRV:114 or any VESTA or NICC VIN elective

**Any VESTA or NICC VIN elective


Employment Information

With an annual income range of $27,768 - $88,670 and a projected growth of 32.4%, the career outlook for Viticulture Technician 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.

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

Sample Job Titles

Equipment Operation and Maintenance Manager
Pest Control Supervisor
Vineyard Seasonal Laborer
Vineyard Manager
Vineyard Technician

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