Highland Community College





Highland Community College began offering Associate of Science and Technical Certificate programs available in both Viticulture and Enology in Fall 2010. Students are encouraged to enroll in face to face courses taught at the HCC-Wamego Campus, generally meeting one Saturday per month. If class schedules do not work for students then they have the opportunity to enroll in online courses through the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) program. VESTA allows students in Kansas to take viticulture and enology classes online from colleges and universities across the US while paying in-state tuition rates. The classes transfer fluidly between the VESTA partners, and they all apply toward the degree and certificate programs.  For more information, contact HCC V&E Program Director, Scott Kohl.

HCC-Wamego is fortunate to have Mr. Dominic Martin, formerly of Martin Brothers Winery in Paso Robles, CA on staff to teach classes as well as manage the two HCC Vineyards:  HCC Oregon Trail Vineyard (850 vines, mostly Chambourcin (red) and Traminette (white)) and the HCC Research Vineyard (528 vines, 44 varieties). Mr. Martin’s expertise in the fields of viticulture and enology as well as his business experience and broad range of contacts from the industry provide students with valuable knowledge, experience and resources of information. 

HCC-Wamego is proud to announce that Mr. Dylan Rolfes will be joining the program in fall 2014.  Mr. Rolfes recently completed his masters degree in Horticulture (emphasis in Viticulture) and will begin duties in August.

Read about the most recent happenings at the HCC Research Vineyard at www.hccve.org and visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hccve.

Please scroll down to see the list of courses and workshops offered this year.

While HCC and VESTA both encourage students to complete degree and/or certificate programs, we recognize that entrepreneurial minded students want a head start on opening their own business. While the full program of courses contains a wealth of knowledge, we welcome the student interested in just one or two courses prior to planting vines or making wine.

We look forward to serving the Kansas grape and wine industry through our continued partnerships with Kansas State University Research and Extension, Kansas Department of Agriculture, and VESTA.


HCC Wine Named "Best of Show".  Click HERE for the full press release.


                               Enology Links                                                   Viticulture Links

                           Course Descriptions                                          Course Descriptions

                    Associate of Science Degree                            Associate of Science Degree

                           Certificate Program                                             Certificate Program



External Links

HCC V&E Facebook Page

Viticulture and Enology Science Technology Alliance (VESTA)

Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association (KGGWA)

Kansas Viticulture and Farm Winery Association (KVFWA)

US Treasury – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

KS Department of Revenue – Alcoholic Beverage Control (KS ABC)

KS Department of Agriculture - Sensitive Crop Map and Registry

KS Department of Agriculture - Sensitive Crop Signs available for purchase



2014 HCC V&E Course Schedule

  • Spring:

    • VIN111 Introduction to Viticulture (Sat, 9a-6p); 2/1, 3/8, 4/5, 5/3, 5/24

    • ENO116 Introduction to Enology (Sat, 9a-6p); 1/25, 2/8, 3/22, 4/19, 5/17

    • VIN114 Spring Viticulture Tech (Sat, 9a-5p); 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10

  • Summer:

    • VIN211 Integrated Pest Management (Sat, 9a-5p); 6/7, 6/21, 7/19, 7/26

  • Fall:

    • VIN111 Introduction to Viticulture (Sat, 9a-6p); 8/23, 9/27, 10/18, 11/1, 11/22 -- D. Rolfes

    • VIN216 Midwest Vineyard Management (Sat, 9a-6p); 9/20, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13 -- D. Rolfes

    • ENO116 Introduction to Enology (Sat, 9a-6p); 9/6, 10/4, 10/25, 11/15, 12/6 -- D. Martin

    • ENO210 Introduction to Wine Microorganisms (Sat, 9a-6p); 8/23, 9/27, 10/18, 11/1, 11/22 -- D. Martin


  • 2014 HCC Workshop Schedule

  • Sensory Evaluation (Wine Tasting)- Saturday/Sunday, February 15/16. Time: 8a-5p and 8a-Noon. Fee: $185 (HCC, Wamego, KS)

  • Winter/Spring Pruning- Saturday, March 8.  Time: 10a-3p  (Vineland de la Cairns, Dover, KS)

  • Vine Planting- Thursday, April 17 (rain date April 18). Time: 9a-3p. (Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Paola, KS)

  • Pesticides, With KGGWA- Saturday, April 26. Time: TBA (Vineland de la Cairns, Dover, KS)

  • Wines of KS + Vineyard Tour + Wine Tasting, With UFM- Wednesday, May 21. Time: TBA (UFM Campus, Manhattan)

  • Wines of KS + Vineyard Tour + Wine Tasting, With UFM- Wednesday, June 18. Time: TBA (UFM Campus, Manhattan)

  • Wines of KS + Vineyard Tour + Wine Tasting, With UFM- Wednesday, July 16. Time: TBA (UFM Campus, Manhattan)

  • Home Winemaking-  Date/Time/Location: TBA

  • Sensory Evaluation (Wine Tasting)- Date/Time/Location: TBA




  • Consultation for vineyards, wineries, and perspective members of the industry

  • Industry workshops throughout the year

  • Highland Community College Winery will offer wine to be sold commercially beginning in summer 2013