Finding your career path into the wine grape industry

Oregon State University - Wine Research Institute

Bachelor of Science: Horticulture major (Viticulture & Enology option)

Years to complete: 4

Ideal for: Those who are interested in working in science and agricultural aspects of growing and producing grapes. Students typically enjoy learning about life sciences (biology, plant science, horticulture, biochemistry, etc.), working outdoors and being "hands-on."

Career path: Vineyard production: vineyard manager, viticulturist, vineyard consultant, production manager

Bachelor of Science: Food Science & Technology major (Enology & Viticulture option)

Years to complete: 4

Ideal for: Those who are interested in working in the science and food production process of making wine. Students should enjoy learning about sciences (chemistry, microbiology and life sciences) and working physically and being "hands-on."

Career path: Wine production: winemaker, enologist, winery consultant, production manager

Post-Baccalaureate

Years to complete: 1-3

Ideal for: Those who already have a BS or BA degree. See details per degree interest above. If the prior degree is in an area of science/agriculture, the time to complete is at the lowest end of the range.

Career path: As listed above for degree program area of focus.

Chemeketa Community College - Wine Studies Program

Vineyard Operations Certificate

Years to complete: 1

Ideal for: Those who are looking to establish their career working in vineyards and producing grapes. This program is especially helpful for those planning to establish their own vineyards

Career path: Vineyard technician positions, basics for establishing your own vineyard

Wine Hospitality & Operations Certificate

Years to complete: 1

Ideal for: Those interested in winery sales and customer service. Students should enjoy working with people/public and must be interested in aspects of marketing, event coordination, and business.

Career path: Winery tasting room management

Associate of Applied Science: Vineyard Management

Years to complete: 2

Ideal for: Those who are interested in working in vineyard production of wine grapes. Students typically enjoy learning about life sciences, working outdoors and with their hands. 

Career path: Vineyard technician and vineyard management positions

Associate of Applied Science: Winemaking

Years to complete: 2

Ideal for: Those who are interested in working in the process of making wine. Students should enjoy learning about sciences (chemistry, microbiology and life sciences) and working with their hands.

Career path: Cellar positions, winemaker and winery management position. 

Umpqua Community College - Southern Oregon Wine Institute

Viticulture Certificate

Years to complete: 1

Ideal for: Those who are looking to establish their career working in vineyards and producing grapes. This program is especially helpful for those planning to establish their own vineyards.

Career path: Vineyard technician positions, basics for establishing your own vineyard

Wine Marketing Assistant Certificate

Years to complete: 1

Ideal for: Those who are interested in working in wine sales and distribution. Students should enjoy learning about all aspects of grape and wine production but have specific interest in learning marketing and business. Students should enjoy working with people/public.

Career path: Winery tasting room and sales/marketing positions

Linfield College - Evenstad Center for Wine Education

Associate of Applied Science: Viticulture & Enology

Years to complete: 2

Ideal for: Those who are interested in working in both vineyard and winery production. Students typically enjoy learning life sciences, working outdoors and with their hands.

Career path: Production winemaking technicians, vineyards and winery owners, vintners, and or sales and marketing coordinators

BS/BA: Wine Studies (major or minor)

Years to complete: 4

Ideal for: Those who are interested in working in business, sales, marketing, communication, or hospitality aspects of the wine industry. The degree is not meant for those wishing to focus on viticulture and enology, but ideal for students interested in a broad liberal arts approach to studying wine that exposes them to numerous career opportunities in the wine sector.

Career path: Winery positions that relate to product marketing, sales, customer service, etc. and positions in wine business service (accounting, etc.)

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