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Wine Studies at Linfield University, McMinnville, OR

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From the Linfield University website, 2023: MAJOR OR MINOR IN WINE STUDIES Expand your knowledge and understanding of the history, culture, production, business, science and appreciation of wine! Through an interdisciplinary approach to our wine studies program, you will explore the cultural, social and economic significance of wine in Oregon and around the world. Complete the major feeling prepared for graduate studies in viticulture, enology or wine business, or ready to pursue a dynamic career in the global wine and hospitality industries.



“You'll graduate with relevant work experience on your resumé from an internship with a winery or wine business in the Willamette Valley or the region of your choice.


“Experience terroir around the world by studying abroad! Take a semester, travel with one of our January Term courses, or enroll in 5th year masters program and learn in 3 countries during your senior and graduate year.


“We have work study opportunities that help you cultivate skills in event planning, promotions and social media, and business.


“You will leave prepared for a career in areas such as:


“Hospitality: start in the tasting room or wine club. Move on to direct to consumer representative, and ultimately, on to winery hospitality manager.


“Viticulture and oenology: work in a winery lab, vineyard or cellar. Become a vineyard manager, winemaker or oversee labs in the industry.


“Marketing: combine wine studies with other skills to become a social media manager, brand manager, or marketing manager for a winery, or work in marketing or graphic design with a marketing firm that specializes in the wine business.


“Sales: winery sales associate, distributor with a restaurant, retail or national account portfolio, and on to a role in sales management.


“Supply chain: logistics, shipping, warehousing, purchasing and delivering from grapes to table, an area that needs much more attention in the industry.”

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