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Since the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Department of Viticulture and Enology joined forces to create the Wine Executive Program in 2001, it has drawn wine industry decision-makers from major wine making regions of the world, including 27 U.S. states, France, England, Italy, Australia, China, Chile, Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Image of Our ParticipantsBy attracting such a broad mix of national and international participants, the program offers stimulating discussions about wine industry best practices and valuable networking experiences that endure long after the program.

Specifically designed to teach the fundamentals of winemaking and management skills necessary to be profitable in the challenging wine trade, the innovative program is tailored for middle and senior managers from wineries and vineyards of all sizes, industry suppliers, distributors, financial institutions, service providers and affiliated businesses.

Investors, developers, entrepreneurs and those looking to enter the wine business also benefit greatly from the program.

Below are just a few companies that have sent attendees to the program:

  • Amcor
  • American AgCredit
  • Ardagh Group
  • Arrowhead Vineyards & Winery
  • Beringer Blass Wine Estates
  • Biltmore Estate Wine Company
  • Brown-Forman
  • Buena Vista Winery, Inc.
  • Constellation Brands
  • Cakebread Cellars
  • Canandaigua Wine Company
  • Caribbean Wine Institute
  • CIT Business Credit
  • The Charmer-Sunbelt Group
  • Clos Du Bois Winery
  • Columbia Crest Winery
  • Constellation Brands
  • D’Agostini Vineyards
  • Delicato Family Vineyards
  • Deutsche Financial Services
  • Domaine Chandon
  • Dry Creek Vineyard
  • Duckhorn Vineyards
  • E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Early Mountain Vineyards
  • Epic Wines
  • Evans & Tate, Ltd.
  • Far Niente Winery
  • First Republic Bank
  • Golden State Vintners
  • Hahn Family Wines
  • J. Lohr Vineyards
  • King Estate Winery
  • Knudsen Vineyards
  • Kobrand Corporation
  • Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley
  • Mumm Napa Valley
  • Netofa Winery
  • Nickel & Nickel Winery
  • Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery
  • Nomacorc
  • O’Neill Vintners and Distillers
  • Opus One Winery
  • King Estate Winery
  • Knudsen Vineyards
  • Kobrand Corporation
  • Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley
  • Mumm Napa Valley
  • Netofa Winery
  • Nickel & Nickel Winery
  • Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery
  • Nomacorc
  • O’Neill Vintners and Distillers
  • Opus One Winery
  • Owens-Illinois
  • Paraiso Vineyard
  • Pescadero Creek Vineyard
  • Pulsair Systems, Inc.
  • Rabobank International
  • Regal Wine Co.
  • Renwood Winery, Inc.
  • Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Seagram Chateau & Estate Wines Co.
  • Serra Vineyards
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Southwest Wines
  • Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
  • St. Supery Vineyards & Winery
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • Trinitas Cellars
  • Union Bank of California
  • Vinop Farms
  • Vineyard & Winery Management
  • Washington Mutual Business Bank
  • William Grant & Sons Int’l Ltd.
  • Wine Business Monthly
  • The Wine Group
  • Wines & Vines
  • Zaca Mesa Winery
  • . . . and many more

Led by a mix of renowned UC Davis faculty and industry thought-leaders, the rigorous curriculum includes in-depth sessions on marketing, financial management, winemaking fundamentals, cost analysis and control, vineyard and winery operations and management, the latest in grape and wine research, and legal issues in the wine industry.

The intimate classroom environment and interaction give you the opportunity to network with your peers and tap the expertise of our speakers.

We hope you will join us for this one-of-a-kind experience that will stimulate your intellect, hone your skills and inspire new ideas to help you succeed.

Top Wine Professionals Praise Program

Past Attendee Testimonials

Participant Profile

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John Raffaeli
C3 Argentina Holdings

“A friend and I recently purchased a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina and have begun the process of growing grapes and making wine. Despite our love of wine, neither of us had hands on experience, prompting me to attend UC Davis’ Wine Executive Program in hopes of acquiring a broad foundation in all aspects of the craft.  I was not disappointed.  Not only were my expectations exceeded, I also developed a network of leading professionals that will endure for years to come.  It was one of the most energizing and productive weeks I have ever spent.”

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Neal Fasula
Co-Owner, Gerrity's Supermarkets & Business Development Intern, The Wine Foundry

“The UC Davis Wine Executive program was a great experience on several levels. It served as a great introduction to the wine industry as a whole. The materials were well presented and encompassing of where the wine industry is today and where it will be in the future. The best aspect of the program was the diversity of the attendees, getting to meet and interact with individuals from all areas of the industry was invaluable.”

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Sean McKenzie
Sneior Winemaker, The Dreaming Tree

“The Wine Executive course is a great course offering a higher level overview of Vineyards, Winemaking, Finance, and Sales and Marketing that benefits people from all areas of the business.  Personally I was most impressed with the finance talks, as these offered a different perspective to traditional winery and vineyard accounting.  The course was also a great way to network with other industry professionals that are also interested in developing their skills in new areas.”

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Paul Clifton
Director of Winemaking, Hahn Family Wines

“Most of my time is so focused only on winemaking and vineyards.  This was the perfect opportunity to shed light on a lot of questions I had on the Finance, Sales, and Marketing side.  In addition, the program included the most updated technology and research in winemaking and vineyard management.  This conference was incredibly well organized with some of our industries top tier educators and professionals in each of those fields as the instructors.”

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Bryan Toy
General Manager, Stone Tower Winery, Leesburg, Virginia

“The UC Davis Wine Executive Program is truly in a class above.  Not only the amount of information but the caliber of education surpasses so many programs in this field.  From the marketing and brand development, to accounting and economic sustainability, to the enology and viticulture components, all areas were well covered and vastly increased my efficiency and ability to develop our products to a higher level. I would absolutely recommend this course for anyone who is serious about progressing their abilities in the wine industry.”

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