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Cool Climate Wine and Viticulture

Cool Climate Wine and Viticulture

Gain the skills and knowledge to provide innovative services in Atlantic Canada's wine and wine tourism industries.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.


Explore the ever-expanding wine industry in Atlantic Canada, from the essentials of growing grapes to the science of wine making to the business of tourism, sales and marketing.

You develop a range of skills and knowledge in the dynamic environment of wine and viticulture, including:

  • vineyard management techniques and harvesting
  • winery equipment operation and maintenance
  • wine production and sensory evaluation
  • marketing and sales practices

Along with the benefit of our on-site winery and vineyard, you have the opportunity to work with industry experts and gain additional experience working at the many special functions held on- and off-campus each year.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older before classes begin.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
  • Forklift Awareness
  • Pesticide Safety Certification
  • Serve Right, Responsible Beverage Server Training

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

Graduates are qualified to accept positions as:

  • Viticultural assistants / vineyard assistants
  • Wine maker assistants
  • Cellar workers
  • Winery lab technicians
  • Tasting bar host
  • Wine sales associates
  • Wine marketing specialists

Choose NSCC

  • You get a chance to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom with industry partners in the grape growing and wine making sectors.
  • NSCC's Kingstec Campus has Atlantic Canada's first and only commercial teaching winery facilities, including a wine analysis lab and our own vineyard.
  • You're supported by expert faculty who bring strong industry connections and years of experience to the classroom.
  • Small class sizes provide you with one-on-one interaction with faculty, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning, ask questions and share.
  • You learn the theory and practical aspects of the program through Kingstec Campus' on-site teaching and learning vineyard and winery, student-run restaurant and greenhouse – all located in the heart of Atlantic Canada's thriving grape-growing industry.

Other info

  • This program places high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BIOL 1025   Biology for Viticulture
BUSI 1090   Introduction to the Wine Industry in Nova Scotia
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
HLAN 3006   Integrated Pest Management
MKTG 1150   Wine Marketing and Sales
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
VITI 1005   Planning and Establishing the Vineyard
VITI 1105   Canopy & Vineyard Health Management
VITI 1205   Vineyard Harvest & Post Harvest Maintenance
VITI 1960   Viticulture Practicum I
VITI 1965   Viticulture Practicum II
VITI 1969   Viticulture Practicum III
WINE 1010   Cellar Operations
WINE 1110   Aging and Bottling Wine
WINE 1210   Grape Processing and Fermentation
    In addition to required courses, learners are required to complete prescribed electives for a total of 60 hours (1 unit).

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