When it comes to career planning you might not think of the wine industry as your first choice; however you would be missing out on one of the best growing and most interesting careers that you can find yourself working within.

But what makes the wine industry so great to work in? It is a market that is growing, evolving and changing; meaning that you can be a part of something that you can help grow. It also has plenty of social and travel benefits, with not only the opportunity to meet a variety of different people and cultures but also a chance to see places throughout the world that you may not have thought you ever would.

Typical jobs in wine include viticulture & enology, hospitality & wine education, sales & marketing and business management & operations.

Tempted to take those steps but not sure how you can make the jump? Before you can truly move into the industry you will need to take a related course and obtain a wine industry related qualification.

Courses in Viticulture & Enology can be taken at University of California Davis, Cornell University, California Polytechnic University and Washington State University.

Courses in Wine Business Management & Sales can be taken at the Wine Business Institute Sonoma State University, Wine & Spirits Institute (Europe) and at Sonoma State University.

Courses in Hospitality & Wine Education can be taken at the European Wine Academy, E’cole- Du Vin (The Bordeaux Wine School), France, German Wine and Sommelier School and at The Institute of the Masters of Wine (United Kingdom).

The largest wine training organisation in the world is the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), your first port of call when you want to know about which qualifications are going to be most relevant to you and your ambition within the wine industry.

You might think that there is one standard “learn everything about wine” course that you can take, but in fact there are a variety of different paths and qualifications that you can look into when you are first deciding about your own career in the wine industry.

Courses range from the Level 1 Foundation certificate in wines right up to the level 4 Diploma in wines and spirits. Whilst the lower level courses are great ways to start out, if you want to become a true expert in the field then you might want to take on the level 4.

This particular course will involve 128 hours of studying time within a classroom setting and will include areas such as marketing, global trends and how the old world of wines compares to the fresh new one.

Of course, this is not the only way that you can decide to become a graduate in wines or spirits. Big name industry leaders such as Majestic Wines are known to provide graduate courses in order to train up their staff to become experts whilst still earning a working wage; perhaps providing you with the best of both worlds!

What are waiting for? Why don’t you take the first steps into a whole new, varied and frankly rather delicious career in the drink industry and wine! We are sure that you will never regret it!

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