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 Enology classes as well as manage the HCC Winery.  Mr. Martin has been with HCC since 2010, and his expertise in both viticulture and enology as well as his business experience and broad range of contacts provide students valuable knowledge, experience, and resources of information.  In August 2014, Mr. Dylan Rolfes joined the program to teach Viticulture classes and manage the HCC Vineyards.  Mr. Rolfes recently completed his masters degree in Horticulture (emphasis in Viticulture) at Iowa State University.  While Mr. Kohl, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Rolfes have varying ranges of duties, the three collaborate in all areas of the HCC V&E Program.

HCC has three vineyards in and around the Wamego area:  HCC Oregon Trail Vineyard (850 vines, mostly Chambourcin (red) and Traminette (white)) was planted in Spring 2009.  The HCC Research Vineyard (528 vines, 44 varieties) was planted in Spring 2013.  Finally, HCC was awarded a National Science Foundation - Advanced Technology Education project grant in fall 2013.  The grant funded an expansion of the vineyards as well as equipment to operate the vineyard and teach students about commercial and mechanized scale vineyard management.  The main part of the vineyard expansion is located just across US HWY 24 from the HCC-Wamego campus, and a small portion of the expansion is directly south of the Research Vineyard.  All total, HCC now has just over 5000 vines in the three vineyards.  Here is a short video demonstrating the vine planter HCC used in the 2014 vineyard expansion.

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 ExtensionKansas Department of Agriculture, and VESTA.

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.


Highland Community College Winery

In January 2014, HCC won Best in Show for wines entered at the Kansas grape and wine conference.  Highland Community College Winery has wines currently for sale through the program office.  Call or email Scott Kohl at 785-456-6006 to make an appointment to purchase HCC wines.


                               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



HCC V&E Course Schedule

  • Spring 2015:

    • VIN111 Introduction to Viticulture (Sat, 9a-6p); 2/21, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/9                                                                                               Instr:               Dylan Rolfes

    • ENO116 Introduction to Enology (Sat, 9a-6p); 1/31, 2/14, 3/28, 4/11, 5/2                                                                                               Instr:            Dominic Martin

    • BS202 General Botany (Sat, 9a-630p); 1/10, 1/31, 2/14, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 5/2, 5/16                                                                                 Instr:               Dylan Rolfes

    • ENO148 Winery Sanitation (Sat, 9a-5p); 2/21, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/9                                                                                                           Instr:            Dominic Martin

  • Summer 2015:

    • ENO266 Sensory Evaluation (Sat, 9a-5p); dates TBA;  Instr: Dominic Martin

  • Fall 2014:

    • 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 -- D. Martin


  • 2015 HCC Workshop Schedule

  • Winter Pruning. Saturday, January 24.  Time: 10a-3p  (Vineland de la Cairns, Dover, KS)

  • Wine Chemistry (Wine and Must Analysis). Saturday & Sunday, March 14-15. Time: 8a-5p and 8a-noon.  Instr: Dr. Barry Gump.  Location: TBA

  • Vine Planting. Date/Time/Location TBA

  • Sensory Evaluation (Wine Tasting).  HCC Klinefelter Farm Conference Center.  April 30, 6-8pm.

  • Winemakers Workshop. 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 has wine available for sale.  Call for an appointment, 785-456-6006.