Viticulture/wine production

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I’m interested in a “fast course” to learn about viticulture/wine production. I’m not interested in sommelier training. I’d like to learn what it takes to establish and cultivate a successful vineyard, and the basics of wine production/development.

Is the accelerated Foundation Program in August suitable, given these interests? Please advise and feel free to make suggestions. Thanks.

Rich Noonan
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Thanks so much for your quick and helpful response. I’m investigating coursework through Rutgers and other institutions.

Two questions:

-“working crush”-what does that involve, and how would one secure such an internship/job?

-the “Level 3 certificate” is the program offered at The Philadelphia Wine School?

Rich Noonan

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Rich,

If you are looking for a fastest way to build up the knowledge needed to make wine commercially, here’s what you need:

  1. Trained palate (Sommelier level)
  2. Chemistry (college level)
  3. Stats (college level)
  4. production experience

The fastest way to gain this is to get your level 3 certification while taking the two required university courses, and then spending a year working crush (once in california, then travelling to New Zealand). That would require about a 16 month investment of time, and that’s about as fast as you could gain the relevant knowledge and skills.

The only other way to be successful is to earn a master’s degree in viticulture, which will take much longer.

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