If you’re like most people you probably haven’t heard of Yavapai college. If you’re from Arizona you’ve probably heard of Yavapai ( Yav-a-pie) college. You might not know this but the college actually has a little over 12,000 students enrolled on 6 campuses located in the Sedona, Prescott and Verde valley areas in north central Arizona. The Verde Valley is home to some of Arizona’s most famous wineries including Page Springs Cellars, Arizona Stronghold and Caduceus Cellars.
Vavapai College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree program in viticulture and enology. The program summary is as follows:
“The Viticulture and Enology degree program prepares students for a variety of careers in vineyards (vineyard workers, crew leaders, managers, viticulturists) to wineries (winemakers, cellar workers, lab technicians).”
3 acres of land located on the colleges Clarkdale campus in the Verde Valley were planted with about 3,000 vines. Volunteers helped plant Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Viognier. These varieties were chosen because of how well they do in Arizona’s harsh climate.
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