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Wine Industry Opportunities & Resources 

Linfield's essential location at the heart of the Willamette Valley allows for unlimited access into the world of the wine industry.  Their newly implemented wine studies minor will continue to demonstrate how dedicated Linfield is at helping the rapid growth of this field.  Susan Agre-Kippenham, Linfield Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty said, "because of the growth and global recognition of the Oregon Wine Industry, Linfield continues to expand its commitment to wine studies for the undergraduates and the general public."
This website will provide resources and opportunities for students, artisans in wine production, and/or any individual considering a career in the wine industry.  

Wine Related Programs Offered by Linfield

Wine Marketing Certification

This course provides an overview of the marketing discipline with specific focus on the wine industry.  The online program allows individuals to learn from the comfort of their home, as well as at a the rate they feel comfortable with. The curriculum includes a basic foundation course on all aspects of wine production and distribution, combined with courses focused on marketing strategy, planning, communication, and sales management.
For more information please visit OCE's Wine Marketing Overview website. 

You can also request for information from the Admission Counselors.

Here's a short, interactive video to help further explain this amazing program:

Wine Management Certificate

This course provides an overview on the fundamentals needed for a career in the expanding wine industry.  The curriculum is composed of basic foundation courses of the production and distribution of wine, mixed with courses on management techniques, business strategy, leadership, etc. 
For more information please visit OCE's Wine Management overview website. 

You can also request more information from the Admission Counselors.

Wine Industry Immersion Program 2016

The Wine Industry Immersion Program immerses deeply into the wine industry world by focusing on many aspects during its 8-week duration.  Training sessions will be hosted and taught by professionals who will be representing diverse vineyards and wineries while showcasing their significant experience in the industry.  This two-days per week program runs from July 14th to August 4th. 

For more information, or to register, please visit:
Wine Industry Immersion Program or contact the
Program Contact: Aaron Williams   I   I 503-883-2766

Internship Information

Why should i do an internship?
Internships look great on your resume, and they have several benefits: an internship is the perfect opportunity for you to apply what you've learned in classes in a work environment.  It's also a great way to network with people in your industry--people that are working and making a living--and, if it's the right fit for you, it could also lead to a future job.

Preparing for an internship?
Once you've found the internship you'd like, make sure to have all the materials ready.  Often, this will include an application, a resume, and a cover letter.  You can get your cover letter and resume checked over by the staff at the Linfield Career Hub (in Melrose Hall Suite 010) so that it's competitive and ready for your opportunity!  

How to research an organization
Talk to someone in the Career Development Hub to obtain guidance on researching an organization.  Be wary anytime you are asked to pay an application fee, or pay money to them.  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Earning credit for an internship
Many academic departments offer internship credit--talk to your advisor about this prior to your internship.  Consider elective credit through the Office for Career Development if you don't qualify for your major internship credit, if you are doing an internship outside your area of study, or if you are completing an exploratory internship.

Internship Opportunities

Alumni Profiles

Here are a couple of profiles from distinguished Linfield graduates who took their passion for Wine to the next level:  

Lindsay Woodward '99-Proprietor, Retour Winery Owner: Lindsay Woodard

"I had the honor of receiving the "Rising Star Award" from Margrit Mondavi at the Women for WineSense national organization's 20th Anniversary Gala, (held at the Culinary Institute of America - Greystone in St. Helena)."

"I felt very honored and privileged to attend Linfield. I never took a single moment for granted."

Naseem Momtazi '09
-President of International and National Sales, Maysara Winery:    
Naseem Momtazi

" In 2011, I felt the desire to start my own business and opened my first store, Robert Roe, a retail boutique that focuses on women's designer clothing, on Aug. 30, 2012, in Downtown McMinnville."

" I was able to have GREAT relationships with faculty and professors at Linfield... After graduation I knew that if I ever needed help or answer to a question, I could pick up the phone and call (which i have done in multiple ocassions)."

Wine Facts and Stats

Average Salary:
     -Winemaking Director ~ $150k
     -Winemaker ~ $90k-$125K
     -Enologist ~ $55k
     -Cellar Master ~ $60k-$80k
     -Cellar Worker ~ $35k-$40k
     -Operations Director ~ $60k-$80k
     -VP of Sales ~ $200k
     -Tasting Room/Wine Club Manager ~ $40k-$56k

Job Outlook:

The job outlook for the wine industry is expected to go up by 9% between 2012-2022.
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Top 3 Wine Consuming Countries (per capita): 
     #1-Vatican City. Consume more than 74 liters per person
     #2-Andorra (microstate in Central Europe). Consume over 46 liters per person
     #3-France. Consume more than 44 liters per person

Top 5 Largest Wine Producing Countries:
     1. France
     2. Italy
     3. Spain
     4. USA
     5. Argentina

Top 5 Wine exporting Countries:
     1. Italy
     2. France
     3. Spain
     4. Australia
     5. Chile

Wine Related Links

Here are some links to familiarize yourself about the wine industry:

For more information, contact:

Jeff D. Peterson, Director, Wine Studies Minor Coordinator
Linfield Center for the Northwest, located in TJ Day Hall, Rm. 218

Michael J. Hampton, Director
Linfield College Career Development, located in Melrose, Rm. 010