Wine Studies Program

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Wine Studies Program

Program Brochure

Spring 2014 Newsletter & Class Schedule


An Educational Leader in the Northwest Wine Industry

The Wine Studies Program consists of three degree tracks: Vineyard Management, Winemaking, and Wine Business, and is a recognized leader in hands-on learning and education. We operate the Northwest Wine Studies Center at Chemeketa Eola and Oregon LIVE is housed at there as well. The program and center, which includes vineyards planted with cool climate grapes and a commercial-sized working winery, provides a unique opportunity for instruction, hands-on training and experience with basic knowledge and technical skills. Our course listings show you all we have to offer.

Willamette Valley Viticulture Scholarship

A Willamette Valley Viticulture Scholarship (WVVS) is available for employees of Oregon winery/vineyards by the Erath Family Foundation (EFF). The EFF established the WVVS with the Chemeketa Foundation to increase the number of personnel in leadership roles who have a fundamental education in viticulture along with a working command of the English language.

Through a generous donation by the Erath Family Foundation vineyard and wineries can support and encourage their employees to attend Chemeketa Community College and receive up to $2,000 per academic year in matching funds. Application and information sheet

A complete list of Chemeketa Foundation Scholarships

We offer three areas of specialty in the program:

Vineyard Management

Includes instruction and hands-on training in the basic knowledge and technical skills required for successful employment as a vineyard manager in the cool-climate wine industry. Training is appropriate for employees or potential employees of vineyards or for people wanting to establish such a business. Practical skills will be emphasized, and students will gain on-the-job work experience through the Cooperative Work Experience program.

Winemaking

Includes instruction and hands-on training in the basic knowledge and technical skills required for successful employment as a winemaker in the cool-climate wine industry. Training is appropriate for employees or potential employees of wineries or for people wanting to establish such a business. Practical skills will be emphasized, and students will gain on-the-job experience through the Cooperative Work Experience program.

Wine Business

Includes instruction and hands-on training in the basic knowledge and technical skills for successful employment in wine marketing, sales, operations, and general management positions. Training in wine marketing prepares students for occupations including:

  • Training room sales manager /Wine club supervisor
  • Wine steward
  • Wine buyer/broker
  • Wine marketing & sales manager
  • Wine distribution manager
  • Winery public relations manager
  • Wine shop owner & manager

Classroom instruction, laboratory and field applications of viticulture and enological principles and practices are included in the program. Our students represent a diversity of age, education and experience, but have a strong common interest in the opportunities available in the growing Northwest wine industry.

Common questions about our program are answered here. If you have additional questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact our program staff.