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Viticulture and Winery Tech
VWT 1 World Wines: New World 3.00 Units
This course is a comprehensive exploration of "new world" wines. The winemakers of the "new world" have taken the great grapes of the "old world" and created modern wines for a new generation. Explore the history of wine regions, origins of cultivars and the varied wines of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and Mexico. Students under the age of 21 must have a declared major of either viticulture and/or enology to participate in any tasting activities as stated in the California State Assembly Bill 1989.
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 10 Introduction to Viticulture 3.00 Units
This is an introduction to general viticulture covering the fundamental principles of the biology and culture of the grapevine. This includes taxonomy, morphology, physiology, distribution, domestication, utilization, propagation, production systems, harvesting, and storage and processing of grapes, with a brief overview of wine making. The class explores climate and soil preferences of Vitus vinifera, vineyard establishment, and training young vines. Cultural practice lectures will focus on canopy management disciplines, irrigation strategies, fertilization, pest and disease control, cover cropping and pruning. There will be practical experience workshops in the Campus Hill Vineyard. Successful completion of course should prepare students for upper division courses in viticulture. Students under the age of 21 must have a declared major of either viticulture and/or enology to participate in any tasting activities as stated in the California State Assembly Bill 1989.
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 20 Introduction to Enology 3.00 Units
This course is an overview of the history of wine, modern viticulture and enology principles and practices, the science of fermentation, and standard winery operations. There is a primer on grape varieties and wine styles produced in major wine-producing regions of the world including California which will focus on regional stylistic expression of specific, heritage varietals. Instruction covering the physiology of wine consumption will precede practical exercises which will include the sensory evaluation of wines. Students under the age of 21 must have a declared major of either viticulture and/or enology to participate in any tasting activities as stated in the California State Assembly Bill 1989.
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 25 Sensory Analysis of Wines 3.00 Units
This is a sensory analysis of wine course designed for individuals to learn organoleptic tasting techniques, characteristics and styles of wine varieties, wine sensory evaluation methods including statistical analysis of trials, philosophy of wine styles, and the common evaluation methods used in sensory testing. Students must be 21 years of age or older, and this class has a materials fee above regular enrollment fee.
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 31 Fall Vineyard Operations 3.00 Units
This class has a strong emphasis on the practical applications of viticulture. Students will be involved in the operation of the LPC Campus Hill Vineyard putting into action, viticultural practices for the fall and winter seasons including canopy management techniques, irrigation disciplines, pest and disease control, fruit contracts, maturity sampling, harvesting, pruning, erosion control via cover crop, fertilization, weed control, and vineyard development and establishment with a focus on sustainable vineyard management. Students under the age of 21 must have a declared major of either viticulture and/or enology to participate in any tasting activities as stated in the California State Assembly Bill 1989. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory Strongly Recommended: VWT 10 with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 33 Summer Viticulture Operations 1.00 Unit
This course covers vineyard practices for the summer session. The class will manage the Las Positas College Campus Hill vineyard, with an emphasis on the practical applications of viticulture theory including vine training, canopy management, assessment of insect and disease problems specific to the appellation, irrigation applications relating to soil and leaf moisture and crop estimation. Strongly Recommended: VWT 10 with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 35 Landscape/Vineyard Pest Mgt. 3.00 Units
This course covers concepts of plant pathology, entomology, and weed science which are studied in order to identify symptoms, diagnose problems, and determine methods of controlling plant diseases, insects, and weed pests. Also included is the study of the identification and biology of common vineyard, landscape and other horticultural crop pests and diseases. Materials and instruction is provided for techniques and strategies for insects, weeds and diseases, including bio-control, sustainable agriculture practices and integrated pest management. In addition to pesticide use, safety and compliance, there is a focus on preparation for the California State Qualified Applicators license. Students that take HORT 53 may not receive credit for VWT 35.
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 41 Fall Winery Operations 3.00 Units
This class has a strong emphasis on the practical applications of winery operations. Students will be involved in the grape processing of the annual LPC Campus Hill Vineyard harvest, putting into action winery operations for the fall season including the planning, managing and implementation of harvest, grape maturity monitoring, press pad equipment operation and safety, handling must and juices, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation disciplines, sensory and laboratory analysis, handling and storage of new wines, maintenance of wines from previous vintages, winery sanitation, forklift safety and operation and general cellar practices. Students under the age of 21 must have a declared major of either viticulture and/or enology to participate in any tasting activities as stated in the California State Assembly Bill 1989. Strongly Recommended: VWT 20 Introduction to Enology
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 42 Winery Operations II 3.00 Units
This class has a strong emphasis on the practical applications of winery operations. Students will be involved in the on-going maintenance of wines produced from the annual LPC Campus Hill Vineyard harvest, putting into action winery operations for the spring season including winery equipment operation and safety, the handling and storage of new wines, barrel and tank monitoring, sensory and laboratory analysis, the planning, managing and implementation of bottling including blending trials, fining and filtering, label design and compliance, winery sanitation and record keeping. Students under the age of 21 must have a declared major in either viticulture and/or enology to participate in any tasting activities as stated in California State Assembly Bill 1989. Strongly Recommended: VWT 20 with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 
VWT 55 Wine Service and Sales 2.00 Units
This course will provide students with the information, skills, and abilities to provide high-quality wine service in restaurants, tasting rooms, wine bars, and/or catering events. Instruction will include both the technical and social skills necessary to maximize the guest experience and to be a successful wine sales/service professional. Students under the age of 21 must have a declared major of either viticulture and/or enology to participate in any tasting activities as stated in the California State Assembly Bill 1989.
College: Las Positas College
Division: STEM
 

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