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Distilling and Viticulture

Earn skills that will prepare you to enter the fields of Viticulture and Enology / Distillation

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Ultimate Texas-Sized 5-Day Distilling Workshop

December 13-17, 2021

  • Day One
    Mash in Whiskey/Distill Brandy
  • Day Two
    Ferment Molasses/Distill Brandy
  • Day Three
    Distill Gin/Ferment Agave
  • Day Four
    Distill Rum/Ironroot Workshop
  • Day Five
    Distill Whiskey (shipping/spirits run and barreling)
For more information:
Andrew Snyder
snydera@grayson.edu
903-415-2653

Why Viticulture/Distillation?

The Grayson College Viticulture, Enology, and Distillation Programs offer unique opportunities to learn skills in the production of wine and craft beverages. Students work hands-on in the T.V. Munson Memorial Vineyard and Teaching Distillery under the supervision of experienced faculty.

GC’s Viticulture Program is one of the few degreed grape growing and winemaking programs in the country and the first of its kind in a Texas community college. The Distillation Program offers both students and hobbyists valuable hands-on experience in a fully functioning distillery.

Grayson College offers the following programs:

  • Viticulture and Enology
    • Associate of Applied Science in Viticulture and Enology
    • Viticulture Certificate
    • Enology Certificate
  • Distillation Science
    • Associate of Applied Science in Distillation Science
    • Distillation Science Certificate
    • Cider and Brandy Production Marketable Skills Award

Program Focus

Students will learn skills in every facet of the wine or spirit production pipeline.

  • Grape Growing
  • Wine Making
  • Distilling
Distillery Sciences Course Catalog Viticulture Course Catalog

Student Life

The Viticulture, Enology, and Distillery Science Programs are designed for working adults. They offer the convenience of online instruction combined with weekend class meetings to accommodate busy schedules. With in-person sessions held on weekends, students can complete a certificate or degree quickly in a way that works with their lives.

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Staff & Faculty

Students will learn under dedicated faculty who are committed to your success in the craft beverage industry.

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Careers for the Future

Grayson College's Viticulture, Enology, and Distillation programs prepare students for a career in the growing field of craft beverages

  • Viticulturist
  • Enologist
  • Distiller

Get Hired by the Best

The area’s growing craft beverage industry is looking for experienced individuals to work in their vineyards and distilleries

History

History plays an important role in the Viticulture & Enology Programs at Grayson College. The program was introduced in 1974, but the foundation from which the program has emerged was laid in 1876 when T.V. Munson arrived in Denison, Texas, to begin a career in grape research which was to last a lifetime. Grayson County became T.V. Munson’s home after his first visit to the area when he stated, “I have found my grape paradise!” It must surely have been true for he spent the remaining years of his life in the area developing three hundred superior grape varieties from the wild native grapes along the bluffs of the Red River and its tributaries.

"Vinita" - TV Munson's Home in Denison

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