Wine Business Institute
Reaching to be the global leader in wine business education
Located in the heart of California wine country and created through a partnership between the university and the wine industry, this is the first and only program in the United States to focus exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry.
The Wine Business Institute operates within the University's School of Business & Economics; a fully accredited AACSB institution. Sonoma State's program offers a specialized curriculum targeted at the business challengers of the wine industry. Courses are offered in Wine Marketing, Wine Finance and Accounting, Human Resource Management, Wine Business Strategies and Wine Production, Operations & Distribution.
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Wine Business Institute Seminars
These seminars are open to the public and may be taken individually or together to earn a certificate. The Wine Business Institute offers two industry driven certificate program options, Wine Industry Finance and Accounting and Tasting Room Management. To earn the certificate students must complete the required core seminars plus the required number of electives, for a total of eight seminars.
For students wishing to complete both certificates, two electives can be transferred for credit to the second earned certificate.
Each certificate can be completed in one semester or at your own pace.
The Tasting Room Management Certificate helps prepare you for more responsibility - you'll take courses in direct shipping, staffing, marketing, wine club management, database management, sales, budgeting, and customer relationship management.
This program gives an overview of the financial and accounting concepts that will enable you to make better business decisions and advance your career. Taught by wine industry professionals in the finance and accounting fields, each seminar is tailored to provide the individual with core concepts that are presented with wine industry examples, giving you the knowledge to immediately apply those principles to your business or organization.
These advanced seminars are geared toward owners and senior level industry professionals. Taught by leaders in their field within the wine industry, people taking these seminars will gain invaluable knowledge to help their current or future wine business succeed.
Wine Business Management Certificate (online)
The Wine Business Management Certificate is made up of three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level builds upon the previous and is designed to challenge participants while creating a superior understanding of wine business operations. Whether you are a current wine industry professional, a business professional wanting to enter the wine industry or a winemaker or viticulturist, or simply interested in learning about the business of wine, the Wine Business Management Certificate is right for you.
This course will take a systematic look at the different components of a successful wine brand and assist students in creating a plan for a profitable business in this new environment.
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