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Wine Studies

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Major or Minor in

Wine Studies

Wine Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow students the opportunity to obtain knowledge about the history, culture, production, business, science and appreciation of wine. Courses in this major encourage understanding and critical analysis of the cultural, social and economic significance of wine in Oregon and around the world. Students who complete a major in Wine Studies will be better prepared for graduate studies in viticulture, enology or wine business. They will also be well positioned to pursue careers in the wine industry or the hospitality industry

Visit the Evenstad Center for Wine Education

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 studies at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of the wine industry


    Apply their understanding to the unique aspects of the wine industry in our state and region

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  • Demonstrate knowledge of the global to regional climates, soils, and landscapes that are associated with growing grapes and producing wine
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  • Explain how wine is made, evaluated through sensory analysis, and represented in marketing of the product


    Communicate to the public about wine through public speaking, interpersonal communication, advertising, public relations, social media, and online resources

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  • Describe wine distribution methods and wine markets, pricing structures, and demonstrate operating knowledge of global retail wine sales


    Articulate the cultural significance of wine and the social/societal aspects of the wine industry

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  • Employ specialized skills in (and to) the wine industry through experiential learning or in-depth research.
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Intern in all areas of wine studies

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some companies where wine studies majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • Domaine Serene
  • Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • International Pinot Noir Celebration
  • Dobbes Family Estate

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Have questions about studying at Linfield's Evenstad Center for Wine Education? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.
Gregory V. Jones, Ph.D.
Gregory V. Jones, Ph.D.
Director of Wine Education and Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies
Melrose Hall
503-883-2218
gjones@linfield.edu