Learn How to Make Wine in New State-of-the-Art Facility

Hands-on learning experience at new facility

AUGUST 12,2014--Wine enthusiasts still have time to enroll in a winemaking class in Allan Hancock College’s new state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the Santa Maria campus.

Limited space is still available in AG 310 (Basic Winemaking 1)­, a two-unit class that meets on Thursdays from 2:15-5:20 p.m. starting August 21. Registration for the class continues through Aug. 17.

“Students will receive a hands-on learning experience of how to make wine with our new equipment and learn from instructors and other winemakers,” said co-instructor Alfredo Koch, the agribusiness program coordinator. The winemaking facility is located in the new $17.6 million Industrial Technology Complex. The complex features three buildings and more than 35,000 square feet of lab space.

“We will make several different styles including Rosé, white, red and sparkling wines in our facility with our very own grapes,” said co-instructor Chris Brown. “Students may get a little dirty because they will be in the middle of the process. The class is a great experience for both future professional winemakers and those who just want to learn how to make wine at home.”

Students are required to be 21 years of age or older to enroll in the winemaking class.

The college is also offering AG 320 (Wine Tasting Room Sales) in the fall. The class focuses on selling techniques, wine vocabulary, and the laws and regulations of serving wine in California. “The class gives students the skills to create not only a rewarding and profitable career for themselves, but also to create a wonderful experience for the visitors,” said instructor Louise Smith. “The course is a must for anyone who wants to work in a tasting room.”

The eight-week class meets on Tuesdays from 6-9:05 p.m. at the college’s Solvang Center.

Space is still available in AG 307 (Vineyard Irrigation) and AG 157 (Ag Sales, Communication and Leadership). Vineyard irrigation is a hot topic in the state due to the drought. Students will evaluate and discuss many of the challenges the agriculture industry faces in the water crisis.

 “The goal is to come up with sustainable responses, alternatives and solutions to the drought. We want to maximize wine quality through irrigation, while being a responsible steward of water, our most precious natural resource,” said AG 307 instructor Chris Hammell. The three-unit class meets on Wednesdays from 2:15-5:20 p.m. on the Santa Maria campus.

AG 157 focuses on the selling process and touches on everything from customer service, self-management, leadership qualities and selling strategies. “The course is valuable whether you plan to pursue a career in agriculture or not,” said instructor Christine Woodman. “Students will learn skills that are universally transferable from selling seeds, presenting in a boardroom, or giving a speech to another class.” AG 157 meets on Tuesdays from 3:45-6:50 p.m.

The four agribusiness classes are among the more than 1,100 classes being offered at Hancock in the fall. Classes start the week of August 18. Registration remains open until Aug. 17. Register online at www.hancockcollege.edu. Contact Alfredo Koch at akoch@hancockcollege.edu or (805) 922-6966 ext. 3760 for more information.

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Last Modified Aug 12, 2014