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Past Attendee Testimonials

“The UC Davis Wine Executive Program exceeded my expectations in every regard. First, the logistics were handled flawlessly. IT support, meals, meeting rooms, field trips and pre and post conference support made it possible for me to concentrate on the many learning and networking opportunities.Second, faculty and non-faculty speakers were all gifted presenters and clearly passionate about their subject matter and provided outstanding value.  Third, the program itself covered viticulture, enology, and business aspects such as branding and marketing, accounting and capital allocation and investment decision making; comprehensive and challenging but not mired in minute details. Finally, networking and social opportunities were ample and encouraged. As a boutique vineyard owner and winemaker seeking to ramp up my knowledge quickly and efficiently, I consider the program to be one of my best investments.”

- Rick O. Terry, CEO and Founder, Terry Family Wines, LLC, Yamhill, OR

“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.”

- Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Family Wines

“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.”

- Sean McKenzie, Winemaker, Clos du Bois Winery and Dreaming Tree Wines

“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.”

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




Testimonials for the Wine Executive Program

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