What type of work would I do if I studied enology?
Enology involves the making of wine. Those who study enology develop skills in the science and technology of winemaking and would seek employment at wineries or would have the skills to own and operate their own winery.
What type of degree would I earn?
Students would earn an Associate of Applied Science in Enology degree from Missouri State University-West Plains. Topics of study for the degree include establishing and managing the scientific processes inherent in a modern winery. Classroom and practical field experiences focus on providing the underlying principles of managing a winery through each process, from receiving grapes to marketing the end product.Students also can choose to complete a certificate program in enology. While the associate degree combines general education courses with practical experience, the certificate program focuses on just the practical experience required for enology careers.
Why should I major in enology?
Winemaking has become one of the fastest growing industries in the state of Missouri. In 2007, Missouri had 1,400 acres devoted to grape production worth $3,380,634 in value, and 86 wineries producing 1,077,875 gallons of wine, according to the National Association of American Wineries.
What salary can I expect to earn with this degree?
Faculty within this degree program estimate that, in the private sector, a winemaker managing a 15,000-gallon winery in the Midwest can expect to start at a $35,000 salary. Experience and incentives would increase that salary. A winemaker could improve his/her salary if he/she also would manage a vineyard. The combined job could have a salary of $60,000.