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Wine Studies

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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.

As a wine studies major at Linfield

you might take:

The Geography of Wine

Explore how place plays a significant role in the production and consumption of wine. (WINE 101)

Introduction to Viticulture

Understand the science behind vineyard management and how grapes are grown. (WINE 211)

Introduction to Wine Making

Learn the basics of wine production, grape varieties, wine styles, and the influence of climate and soil. (WINE 212)

Studying wine at Linfield

Beyond the classroom

  • Network with some of the most respected and recognized leaders within the global wine industry.

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  • Create a customized program to meet your needs and ambitions. Pair your wine studies degree with another program such as marketing, management or environmental studies.

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  • Take a student leadership or work-study role assisting with monthly wine events, Oak & Vine Society, and organizing symposiums and lectures for the Evenstad Center for Wine Education.

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  • Study abroad in programs specifically designed for wine studies majors.


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  • Complete an internship with a leading winery in a globally recognized wine region, Willamette Valley.

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What you can do with a wine studies degree from Linfield

  • 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: marketing associate, brand manager or marketing manager for a winery.
  • 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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portrait of Tim Matz in an Oregon vineyard
Tim Matz
Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, Domaine Serene Chair in Wine Business
T.J. Day Hall 320