Introduction to Wine and Winemaking | UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

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Online Introduction to Wine and Winemaking

Whether you're interested in a career in the wine industry or are just a devoted oenophile, you can take this unique course from anywhere in the world. Access top-quality, college-level course material in an interactive, web-based environment and gain exposure to an internationally recognized program and instructors, including industry experts and UC Davis faculty.

This course is designed for individuals working in the wine industry and affiliated networks, entry-level winery employees, wine marketing and hospitality workers, distributors, restaurateurs, wine enthusiasts and anyone wanting to explore a career in viticulture and enology at UC Davis.

Learn about topics such as:

  • Wine and wine-growing areas around the world
  • Fundamentals of the winemaking process
  • Wine and health issues
  • Interpreting a wine label
  • Basic wine tasting
  • The history of wine

Lectures are provided by faculty in the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology.

This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first course in the Winemaking Certificate Program. Learn more about the certificate program or complete an application.


Grady Wann, Ph.D., is the program director for the Winemaking Certificate Program. He has previously taught courses on the chemistry of winemaking and organic chemistry. Wann spent 25 years working in the wine industry as a research enologist, winemaker, winery manager and consultant before joining UC Davis Extension in 2008.

Online Schedule

Apr 01 to Jun 17

Section Notes

Enroll now through March 28. Passwords will be issued starting April 1.


Fee $685.00

Special Discounts

CAAA Member Discount: Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.


3 units academic credit

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.

Enrollment Policies

Refunds for this course must be requested within two weeks after the start date. The refund processing fee is $65. Click here or visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

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