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.

Please scroll down to see information about HCC wines.

In Spring 2018, Ms. Candice Fitch-Deitz joined HCC.  Formerly a member of the VESTA team in Illinois, Candice was most recently an Horticulture agent with KSU-Research and Extension in western Kansas.  HCC is currently seeking a new face for the Enology side of the program.  Mr. Scott Kohl has been the administrator and director of the HCC Viticulture and Enology program since its inception in 2008.  While Mr. Kohl and Ms. Fitch-Deitz have varying ranges of duties, they boast over 25 years of combined industry experience, and the two collaborate in all areas of the HCC V&E Program.

HCC has four vineyards, three of which are in and around the Wamego area:  HCC Oregon Trail Vineyard (850 vines) was planted in Spring 2009  The first harvest was in 2012.  The HCC Research Vineyard (528 vines, 44 varieties) was planted in Spring 2013.  In Fall 2013, HCC was awarded a National Science Foundation - Advanced Technology Education project grant.  The grant funded an expansion of HCC's vineyards as well as equipment purchases to teach students about commercial and mechanized scale vineyard management.  Most of the vineyard expansion is at HCC Military Trail Vineyard, located just across US HWY 24 from the HCC-Wamego Center, and a small portion of the expansion is directly south of the Research Vineyard.  Finally, HCC has planted vines on the Klinefelter Farm in Brown County near Hiawatha, KS.  Here's a link to the HCC Klinefelter Farm.   All total, HCC now has just over 5200 vines in the four vineyards.  Here is a short video demonstrating the vine planter HCC used in the 2014 to plant the HCC Military trail Vineyard.  

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 HCC Viticulture and Enology on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hccve.

See below for the list of courses and workshops offered this year.

Highland Community College Winery



HCC Winery has moved!  We also changed names, ownership, and phone numbers.  We're now Highland Vineyards and Winery, LLC.  We've moved down the street to 503 Miller Drive, still in Wamego, KS.  Our winery is a part of the 456 Wineries business incubator.  The tasting room at 456 Wineries opened October 5th, 2019.  We have some of the same wines as always along with some additional wines for our loyal customers to try.  We're excited about this new avenue to teach students and industry enthusiasts about Kansas grapes, Kansas wine, and industry involvement.  You can find us on Facebook as well as our website www456wineries.com.  Both sites have our calendar of events.  Go Scotties!!

One last nugget from the old winery.  In January 2014, Highland won Best in Show for wines entered at the Kansas grape and wine conference. Highland Vineyards and Winery has that same wine and others.  Cheers!!


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

456-Wineries Business Incubator

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

Fall 2020


Dates and Times


VIN215 Summer/Fall Viticulture Tech

(Sat, 9a-5p); 8/15, 8/29, 9/19, 9/26

Candice Fitch-Deitz

VIN111 Introduction to Viticulture

(Sat, 9a-6p); 10/17, 10/24, 11/14, 12/5, 12/12

Candice Fitch-Deitz



















Spring 2021


Dates and Times


VIN111 Intro to Viticulture (Sat 9a - 6p); 3/20, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/22

Candice Fitch-Deitz

VIN212 Winter Viticulture Tech (Sat 9a - 5p); 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6

Candice Fitch-Deitz

ENO    TBA (Sat 9a-6p); 


ENO    TBA (Sat 9a - 6p); 















Sat, Feb 8 Pruning Workshop w/ KGGWA, Dover, KS 9am $5
Tue, April 21 Winery Marketing WKSP, HCC in Wamego, KS 9am-4pm $10
Tue, June 9 Vineyard AM / Winery PM WKSP, HCC in Wamego, KS 9am-4pm $10
Tue, July 28 Research Vine and Wine WKSP, HCC in Wamego, KS 9am-4pm $10
Tue, Dec 1 Technical Wine Tasting WKSP, HCC in Wamego, KS 1-4pm $5

For all workshops, RSVP to skohl@highlandcc.edu or 785-456-WINE


HCC Wine Labels

Highland V&E Program Services

  • Consultation for vineyards, wineries, and perspective members of the industry
  • Industry workshops throughout the year
  • New winery incubator, 456-Wineries is now open!!





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