Limited Seats Remain for UC Davis Wine Executive Program
March 22–27

With fewer than five weeks until the 15th annual UC Davis Wine Executive Program, a limited number of seats are still available. 

The innovative program, a partnership between the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Department of Viticulture and Enology, teaches the fundamentals of winemaking and wine industry management skills, from grape to bottle.

World-renowned university faculty join with industry experts to deliver a comprehensive program tailored for middle and senior managers from wineries and vineyards of all sizes, industry suppliers, distributors, financial institutions, service providers and those considering a career in the wine industry.

“The wine industry is dynamic and complex,” says Angela Stopper, director of executive education at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. “Each year we refine the program to make it better, stronger, more relevant.”

New this year, the program provides participants the opportunity to put the classroom learning into practice, working in small groups on a custom business case. Another new session will explore the consolidating wine distribution landscape.

Proven Track Record

Since the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Department of Viticulture and Enology partnered to create the Wine Executive Program in 2000, it has drawn more than 800 participants and become the premier professional development program for the industry. Attendees have come from all facets of the wine business and from all major wine-making regions, including 27 U.S. states, France, England, Italy, Australia, China, Chile, Argentina, South Korea, Japan, Canada and the Philippines.

The program offers engaging discussion about wine industry best practices coupled with opportunities to build a lasting network. Seasoned industry professionals, newcomers and individuals considering a career change to the world of wine all find value in the program.

“The curriculum provided a look at many of today’s pertinent industry trends, our challenges, and exciting new and future innovations,” said Dave Magnasco, director of grower relations at Constellation Brands. “It was spot-on for today’s wine business challenges, creating a lot of provoking thoughts and challenging questions from both the participants and presenters.”

“I was most impressed with the finance talks, as these offered a different perspective to traditional winery and vineyard accounting,” said Sean McKenzie, senior winemaker at The Dreaming Tree.

Program Sponsors

Sponsors of this year’s program include Trinchero Family Estates, Wente Family Estates, Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, Cakebread Cellars, Constellation Brands, American AgCredit, Delicato Family Vineyards, Union Bank, and Crimson Wine Group.

Cost for the full, four and a half-day program, including the Boot Camp, is $4,800. The fee without the Boot Camp is $4,300.

To register or for more information:


Angela Stopper

UC Davis Graduate School of Management, (530) 752-7240,