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Wine Professional

Wine Professional Certificate
Wine Professional

Program Overview

Alumni Spotlight: ​Wine Professionals

The Wine Professional Certificate ​program is an intensive, professional development program that covers the fundamentals of viticulture, winemaking techniques, major wine regions and styles, sensory evaluation of wine, professional wine service, the business of wine, and wine marketing strategies. 

Wine sales are an important profit center for the restaurant/ hospitality industry and thus a comprehensive knowledge of wine is critical for maximizing outcomes. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in the restaurant/hospitality industry, wine distribution and wholesale/retail wine trade. Intended for hospitality professionals this certificate program would also delight the wine enthusiast.

All 9 credits in the Wine Professional Certification MN program at Saint Paul College, St. Paul, MN, must be taken concurrently. ​​​​

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights

  • ​How to enhance wine and food pairing opportunities 
  • How to improve menu and wine list compatibility
  • Fundamentals of viticulture and winemaking
  • Professional wine service techniques and choosing appropriate equipment
  • Grape varietals used to make wine, including the impact of terroir (climate/soil)
  • Professional tasting techniques for assessment and evaluation of wine
  • Wine producing regions of the world
  • Wine business considerations such as pricing, trends, environmental storage, and wine regulations

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    • ​Must be 21 years of age 

    • Alcohol awareness/server training is part of the CULA 1620 Professional Wine Service​ course

  • Career Settings

    • ​Restaurant and hospitality industry
    • Wine distribution companies
    • Wholesale / retail wine trade companies
    • Minnesota (Regional) wineries

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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Students will graduate with a strong knowledge of wine, wine service skills and wine marketing strategies.
    • Graduates will have knowledge and skills in wine business considerations, including wine merchandising, marketing, public relations.
    • Experience professional training in a hands-on environment
    • Students will graduate with portfolio pieces that will aid in their job search.​

  • Program Advisor

    Nikki Erpelding, Program Advisor
    nikki.erpelding@saintpaul.edu ​​​

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