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Grayson College students picked grapes at Hidden Hangar Vineyard in Denison. (KTEN) Grayson College students picked grapes at Hidden Hangar Vineyard in Denison. (KTEN)
Would-be winemakers pick grapes at Hidden Hangar Vineyard in Denison. (KTEN) Would-be winemakers pick grapes at Hidden Hangar Vineyard in Denison. (KTEN)
Grayson College students learn all aspects of winemaking. (KTEN) Grayson College students learn all aspects of winemaking. (KTEN)
Grayson College students pick grapes at Hidden Hangar Vineyard in Denison. (KTEN) Grayson College students pick grapes at Hidden Hangar Vineyard in Denison. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Here's a class that surrounds you with wine and hands-on experiences.

Grayson College viticulture students were up bright and early at 8 a.m. Sunday to start harvesting grapes at a local vineyard.

Professor Andrew Snyder said he enjoys straying from PowerPoint presentations to take his class in the field.

"They're going to take this practical application of knowing how to harvest grapes, knowing how to crush and de-stem, knowing how to inoculate with yeast, and they'll be able to do that with their own wineries," he said.

Hidden Hangar Vineyard offered Grayson College students a half ton of grapes.

"The vineyard owner has actually taken classes here at Grayson, and so she's generously donated a half ton of grapes -- that would be anywhere from $750 to $00 worth of grapes had she sold them commercially."

Thomas Munson is considered a grape revolutionary, and with Munson Vineyards being located in Denison, many students like Magxina Wageman saw the chance to learn here as a no-brainer.

"He went through the country and he identified the grapes, identified root stocks, species, the whole thing," she said. "He cataloged American grapes. That's why we're here. This is a very important place in wine-making and wine history."

Students enjoy the different aspects of wine-making, but also enjoy the differences in their fellow classmates.

"You've got folks that are looking at just doing a winery; folks looking to grow grapes; folks that already have a vineyard in place," said student Lorie Lafon. "So a lot of the cross-pollination and experience among the students has been one of my favorite parts."

The Grayson College Viticulture and Enology department offers both credit and non-credit courses.

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