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Wine Industry Professional Training | Spring Term
Sample Syllabus & Vocabulary Terms



Week 1: Oregon Wine History/Story of Willamette Valley/ Oregon Wine Pioneers & Grape Growing Farming Practices and Certification

American Viticultural Area (AVA) – a designated appellation for American wine in the United States distinguishable by geographic, geologic, and climatic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE), Organic, Biodynamic (BD), Sustainable Conventional, Certification, Third-party inspector, Biodiversity, Integrated plant protection, Integrated pest management, Watershed, Riparian, Ecosystem, Greenhouse gas, Compliance, Recordkeeping, Salmon-Safe Logo, International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC), Holistic, Organism, Interdependent, Biodiversity, Compost, Manure, Preparation, Equilibrium, Resilience,
Microbial, Medicinal, Regenerative 

Week 3: Wine Sales
Direct to Consumer (DTC), Distribution, Wholesale, Retail, Tasting Room, Customer, Service, By appointment, Wine Club, Point of Sale, Incentive, Inventory, Tourism, Travel, Hospitality

Week 5: How to Open, Serve, and Talk About Wine,
Wine and food pairing


Week 7: OLCC Servers Permit
Alcohol server permit, on-premise, off-premise, minor intoxicated, identification, Blood alcohol content Sober Designated driver Cognitive Behavioral


Week 9: Educational Opportunities
Doctorate, Master of Science (BS) or Art (MA) or Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Science (BS) or Art (BA), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Liberal Arts, Career, Technical Education, Wine Spirit Education Trust, Master of Wine, Sommelier, Scholarship, Registration, Financial Aid,

Week 2: Career Path in Industry, HR Perspective, and Communication/Conflict Resolution

 Management, Responsibility, Urgent, Important, Team,
Change, Relationship, Rules, Roles, Communication, Perception, Assumption, Conflict, Collaborate, Compromise, Accommodate, Avoid, Compete, Values, Boundaries, Negotiate, Trust, Command, Consult, Consensus, Delegate, Agreement






Week 4: Field Trip to Tasting Rooms



Week 6: Wine Marketing


Week 8: Student Exercise – Develop a Hypothetical Vineyard and Winery



Week 10: Wrap-up and Celebrate!