Student Reviews

Budd with wife and wine bottleMichael Budd, co-owner/winemaker, Dracaena Wines, Paso Robles, Calif.

“The Winemaking Certificate Program provided a great foundation to build a career in winemaking.”

Berliner in his vineyardWill Berliner, vigneron, Cloudburst Wine, Margaret River, Western Australia

“There’s hundreds of years of trial and error in winemaking science that’s encapsulated in the program.”

Deb and friends outsideDeb Crosby, winemaker, Haehlstorm Vineyard, East Wenatchee, Wash.

“The value for the money was there. The program was pricier than you might think, but the value was well worth it.”

Kim with wine barrels in wineryKim Hartleroad, owner/winemaker, Blue Cape Cellars, Buellton, Calif.

“This program will give you a solid foundation to take whatever direction you want in the industry.”

Gayle and co-owner outsideGayle Schulte, co-owner, Passionfruit Estate, Old Mystic, Conn.

"I would absolutely recommend this program to aspiring winemakers. The background and foundation that it provides are key, but the unforeseeable benefits are the enduring friendships that can result."



Kitchak at his wineryPeter Kitchak, proprietor, Kitchak Cellars, Napa, Calif.

“Without the winemaking program at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, we wouldn't be here...Our tasting room, our winery, our vineyards—it's all a very direct result. It just simply wouldn't have happened without that program."



Vargas outside in vineyardPedro Vargas, Vino Vargas, San Jose, Calif.

"The reason I chose UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is because as somebody that wanted to get into a new career, I really needed a way to actually get the knowledge, get the techniques and do it in a timely fashion. The online program was perfect for me."

Molly smilingMolly Pullen-Hudson, ViewPoint Wines, Boulder, CO 

“If you are like me, with the desire to jump into the industry with both feet, this program will give you all the confidence you need to take that first step.”

Audrey Cross, owner/winemaker, Villa Milagro Vineyards, Finesville NJ.

“There’s nothing out there like this certificate program, which is essential for people like me who already have a career or have kids and don’t have an opportunity to go to a residency program.”

Eric Harris, TWO-EEs Winery, Huntington, Ind.

"This program helped me hone and polish what I had already learned and also dispel some of the myths. As a 28-year-old winemaker, I also gained little more credibility in a moreover mature workforce."

D. Pace, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Calif., Winemaking Certificate Program and OIV Wine Marketing Program student

"I want to thank UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education for providing such an amazingly informative online program. My 17-year-old son is very proud of me for completing such an extensive program from my kitchen counter and that I will be making wine someday! I also appreciate the knowledge I gained from the OIV program in relation to the certificate. I came into this with zero experience in the wine industry. Now, I am eager and confident to go out there and get my hands wet!"

Ira Kreft

"This program helped me transition toward my goals through some of the connections I've made in the program. I think there's a large pool of alumni out there in the wine industry, and I find those people very willing to help and provide some very good advice."