The grape and wine industry is rapidly growing in Texas and across the United States. The Viticulture and Enology Program at Grayson is designed to prepare students for a variety of career opportunities including starting a commercial vineyard and winery and is part of the Business & Industry Career Pathway. Most courses are offered as hybrid with a combination of Internet and weekend classroom instruction. This accommodates students who cannot commit to traditional weekday classes without sacrificing hands-on learning. The Viticulture and Enology Program maintains a 3-acre vineyard, as extensive wine laboratory, and an instructional winery. All serve as an excellent learning resources for students.
The Viticulture and Enology Program offers the convenience of Internet instruction combined with weekend class meetings. A typical 3 credit hour course meets two weekends (Saturday & Sunday) a semester and the remainder of the course material is delivered through Canvas, Grayson’s Internet teaching platform. This format accommodates those who cannot commit to traditional weekday classes without sacrificing hands-on winemaking and grape growing. The Viticulture and Enology Program is housed in the T.V. Munson Viticulture and Enology Center on Grayson College’s West Extension of campus. The T.V. Munson Center contains a large classroom, an extensive wine laboratory, and an instructional winery. Just down the hill from the T.V. Munson Center is the T.V. Munson Memorial Vineyard which is planted to 3 acres of various grape varieties including over 60 of the original varieties bred by T.V. Munson, and other hybrid and vinifera grapes. Both the vineyard and the winery serve as an excellent learning tool for students in the Viticulture and Enology Program. The Viticulture Program and Enology Program also offers one-day outreach seminars and workshops at various locations across the state. These programs focus topics of specific interest to the grape and wine industry, as well as programming that’s geared toward new and future industry members. Upcoming outreach programs can be found on the Viticulture and Enology Program Continuing Education page.