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Agriculture - Viticulture
The Classroom Experience

Great Lakes Wine Institute at Lake Michigan College

Teaching the Science, the Art, and the Business of Wine
This science-based, hands-on program is the first of its kind in the Midwest. Students learn all aspects of the wine business and gain the skills needed for successful careers in the wine industry.

LMC’s Enology and Viticulture Program

  • Wine Grape Cultivation (Viticulture)
  • Vineyard establishment and maintenance
  • Plant physiology, diseases, and insects
  • Agricultural chemistry

 Science of Wine (Enology)

  • Wine chemistry
  • Wine processing and equipment
  • Wine microbiology

Business of Wine

  • Winery operations management
  • Wine sales, marketing, and distribution
  • Business management



World-Class Instruction - Program Director, Michael MoyerGreat Lake Wine Institute at Lake Michigan College

Michael Moyer is the Program Director of the Great Lakes Wine Institute. Prior to joining LMC, Moyer worked with Figgins Family Wine Estates in Walla Walla, Washington where he crafted a variety of wines for the esteemed Leonetti label, as well as Doubleback, the label of NFL star Drew Bledsoe. He also worked with famed California brands, Etude and Peter Michael Winery.

His accomplishments in academia are equally impressive. Michael was instrumental in designing and developing the Walla Walla Community College wine science program. In addition to his teaching duties, Michael guided the production of world-class wines for the college’s commercial winery.”

Moyer’s first exposure to wine was while traveling as an undergraduate in Burgundy, France. After touring and tasting from barrel and bottle, the great terroirs of Meursault and Gevrey Chambertin, he discovered his calling and went on to earn a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis, a globally-influential program with a 130-year history.

Moyer’s passion for wine is inspiring, and his depth of knowledge is vast. He has crafted old vine Zinfandel from Amador County, Sonoma County Chardonnay, Carneros Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington Riesling, and Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese. He has mentored dozens of students throughout the years, who are now a part of the fabric of the wine industry.

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