This certificate program focuses on the business and trade aspects of the wine industry. Topics covered include the business of wine, world wine regions, trade structures, wine marketing, wine merchandising, viticulture, winemaking, wine styles, and professional evaluation techniques. Graduates are prepared for wine-related careers in sales and merchandising, distribution, marketing, import/export, consulting, hospitality, and more.
This certificate program is a 10-week, intensive program and all four courses must be taken. Students will be expected to spend significant amounts of time outside the classroom working on projects, field trips, and assignments. Students must obtain a grade of B- or above in all four courses to receive the certificate.
Students must be 18 years of age to apply for the certificate. It should be understood that all classroom courses involving tasting will require students to taste and spit (Washington State legislation RCW 66.20.010 (12) a-f).
Students will be expected to spend significant amounts of time outside the classroom working on projects, filed trips, and assignments. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in the global wine studies core courses.
Global Wine Studies (GWS) course tuition is the same as the regular CWU tuition for undergraduates. Some courses have lab fees to cover additional costs.