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Local winemaker to teach three viticulture courses at NOVA-Loudoun

Kerem Baki, winemaker at Hillsborough Vineyards in Purcellville, plans to teach three viticulture courses at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College during the spring 2016 semester.

NOVA’s viticulture program got off to good start in the fall 2015 semester with Baki teaching “Introduction to Viticulture.” He will build on that course with “Viticulture I,” “Introduction to Wine Making” and “Vineyard Pruning” in the spring. The courses are open to everyone with no prerequisites.

“Viticulture I” (VEN 120) studies grape vine training, pruning, trellising, shoot positioning, leaf pulling and other cultural practices used in a successful vineyard. Students will learn about canopy management as it relates to disease control and how to research sites and develop skills for disease abatement.

“Introduction to Wine Making” (VEN 130) covers the process of wine making for both home and commercial wines. The course describes the science involved in the production of wine and includes hands-on projects for students.

“Vineyard Pruning” (VEN 195) is an eight-week class that includes field work at various locations.

NOVA’s spring semester begins Jan. 11 and registration is taking place now at www.nvcc.edu with in-person assistance available at the campus.

To learn more about viticulture courses at NOVA-Loudoun, call 703-450-2575.


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