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New for fall: Viticulture courses at NOVA-Loudoun

Aspiring winemakers can register for new viticulture courses offered at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College for the first time this fall. Viticulture is the science, study and production of grapes.

“Introduction to Viticulture” (VEN 100) discusses grapes, their history, distribution, classification and areas of production. The course provides an overview of grape uses and products made from grapes, and covers environmental factors affecting grapes.

“Vineyard Establishment” (VEN 110) reviews sites, soils and other factors that affect the planting of grapes. The course covers vineyard designs, varieties and the training of newly planted vines. Weed control and pest management is also discussed.

“Viticulture Pest and Disease Management” (VEN 140) investigates grape diseases, grape insects and grape pests. The course studies and evaluates methods of disease and pest control with natural and chemical measures, and provides field experience in pest and disease management.

There are no prerequisites for these classes. New students should apply and register as soon as possible at www.nvcc.edu. NOVA’s fall semester begins Aug. 24 and students must register by 11:59 p.m. Aug.  23.

Viticulture courses are part of NOVA’s Horticulture Program. To learn more about viticulture or horticulture at NOVA, contact Program Head David Scheid at 703-450-2614.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.