Representatives of Surry Community College’s Viticulture and Enology program were invited to pour wine during the N.C. Wine & Grape Caucus at Lt. Governor Dan Forest’s mansion in Raleigh on June 7.
Surry Community College President Dr. David Shockley, Enology Instructor David Bower and Science Division Chair Ashley Myers Morrison poured the college’s Surry Cellars, the student-produced wine, at the event.
Shockley was asked to speak about Surry’s Viticulture andenology program, which is the only associate in applied science curriculum in the Southeast that offers an onsite vineyard and onsite winery to teach students the technical skills in wine production from vine to bottle to market. It is also the only program on the East Coast to teach sparkling wine production.
Surry Cellars has earned more than 50 medals at state, regional, national and international wine competitions including Best in Category for its Sparkling Wine at the 2016 North Carolina State Fair.
Surry offers a degree and diploma in viticulture and enology along with certification tracks in viticulture, enology, and wine marketing. Surry offers viticulture and enology workshops during the year through the Corporate and Continuing Education department. To learn more about the program, visit www.surry.edu/wine.
Registration is open for fall 2017 classes and ends Aug. 1. Those classes begin Aug. 15. Contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 for additional information. Follow the program on Facebook @ncviticulturecenter and Instagram @surrycellars.