The Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield University integrates numerous wine education programs and activities into academic and experiential learning for both undergraduate students and adult learners.
The goals are to provide a unique, interdisciplinary liberal arts study of all aspects of wine, prepare potential future leaders of the wine industry, create opportunities for faculty research and development, and preserve and document the history of the Oregon Wine Industry. The video below provides an overview of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield University.
Linfield University currently offers a Wine Studies Major (BA or BS) and Minor. Both the major and minor can be paired with a diverse selection of other majors and minors to give the student a strong liberal arts approach to studying wine and prepare them for a variety of careers in the wine industry. Courses included in the major and minor provide a broad understanding of the diverse aspects of wine that include business, science, history, and culture.
The Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield University facilitates other learning opportunities for both Linfield students and the community. These include;
- Two wine-related certificates, a Wine Management Certificate and a Wine Marketing Certificate through the Linfield University Online and Continuing Education program. This 100% online curriculum is designed for adult learners who are looking for new career opportunities or working to advance an existing wine-related career.
- Summer field-based learning experience that encompasses visits to vineyards, wineries and wine-related businesses where they meet with wine industry professionals and experience first hand what it is like to work in these environments.
- Various Professional Advancement including an ongoing series of not-for-credit workshops for wine enthusiasts as well as wine industry professionals.
- A popular Wine Lecture Series by industry experts on a wide variety of wine and food-related topics. The lectures are open to the public.
The Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield University is also proud to work with the Oregon Wine History Archive, which chronicles the Oregon wine industry and includes historical documents from early wine pioneers. The goal is to document all aspects and regions of the Oregon industry and to collect and preserve historical materials from winery owners, growers, researchers, marketers, and sellers. The archive houses irreplaceable photographs, maps, oral histories, wine labels, magazines, newspapers, letters, and bottles of wine, among other items, and spans the early days of the industry to the present. Significant portions of the collection have been transcribed and uploaded to the DigitalCommons@Linfield, an online repository that is accessed by researchers, wine aficionados, and wine tourists.
Linfield University and the Evenstad Center for Wine Education have joined with a select group of local wineries to create The Oak and Vine Society. This program provides a variety of wine-related benefits to its members. Membership is open to individuals affiliated with Linfield University, to include: alumni, parents, donors, faculty, staff, and students over 21. Each of the partner wineries supports the Linfield Wine Education Fund to help provide scholarships, internships and other wine-education opportunities for Linfield students.
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