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Introduction to Winemaking

On this Summer Abroad program, you can

  • Earn 8 quarter units in 4 weeks.
  • Enroll in UC Davis courses to fulfill degree, major, minor, or GE requirements as listed in the General Catalog.
  • Experience academic coursework enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities.

Note to Non-UC Davis Students:

  • Students from other campuses should consult with their home campus to determine whether courses may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 
  • Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid can get an additional unit to meet unit minimums for financial aid eligibility. Please contact Summer Abroad for additional information.

Syllabus

Introduction to Winemaking - Draft Syllabus (PDF)

The program syllabus and schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Class Format

Your classroom experience is a combination of traditional classroom sessions and group project work complemented with guest lectures and field trips. These trips will include visits to wine producers as well as special tastings and meals in many of the major French wine regions. The class generally meets Monday-Friday with weekends free. The program instructor will provide more details with the syllabus.

Earn GE credit! Some courses on this program offer GE credit. Expand the sections below to view course descriptions and type of credit offered.

Courses

You will enroll in the course set below. Auditing is not an option. UC Davis programs are academic programs so participants should expect a substantial amount of course work.

  • Viticulture and Enology (VEN) 3. Introduction to Winemaking (3 units)
  • Overview of the history of wine, viticulture, fermentation, winery operations, the physiology of wine consumption, wines produced in California and other major wine-producing regions and the sensory evaluation of wine. GE credit: SS, SE
  • Viticulture and Enology (VEN) 198. Directed Group Study (5 untis, Pass/No Pass grading only)
  • This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.

OR

  • Viticulture and Enology (VEN) 199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (3 units)
  • Available for students who have taken VEN 3.
  • Viticulture and Enology (VEN) 198. Directed Group Study (5 untis, Pass/No Pass grading only)
  • This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.