Wine Studies About Us

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In the world of wine, Sonoma County ranks among the premier wine production locations in the world. Sonoma County's winemakers and their products have dazzled consumers in the United States and around the globe as the wine industry has rapidly flourished in Sonoma County's renowned and spectacular wine country.

There's no better place for students to immerse themselves in wine studies than at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). The college is situated  in the heart of the Sonoma County Wine Country. Wine Studies students enjoy hands-on learning at SRJC's Shone Farm, which includes 365 acres of vineyards, orchards, pasture, forest, and vegetable gardens. In this  stunning outdoor laboratory overlooking the Russian River, students have an opportunity to harvest grapes in the Shone Farm vineyard and make wine at the Shone Farm WineryClick here to see the awards given our SRJC Shone Farm Wines!

To support Sonoma County‚Äôs vital and successful wine industry, SRJC has developed a first class Wine Studies Program, delivered by highly skilled and well-known members of the wine industry. Click here to see the Wine Studies Faculty profile pages ag.santarosa.edu/staff. Santa Rosa Junior College has an outstanding reputation across the nation for its wine studies program. This can be attributed to exceptional students who have genuine interests in the sciences and solid academic backgrounds. Wine Studies majors may choose from four areas of concentration:

  • Wine Cellar Worker: teaches students, through hands-on experience, the theory and practices used in the production of wine, including basic grape growing practices and vineyard decisions, steps in the winemaking process from harvest to bottling, basic wine lab analyses, and use of winery production equipment.
  • Wine Marketing: In Wine Business and Marketing, students learn many aspects of wine business sales and marketing to effectively market and promote wine.
  • Wine Hospitality and Direct Marketing: This concentration prepares students with skills such as serving wine according to professional standards, planning and effectively publicizing wine industry events, selling wine direct to consumers, and effectively using social media.
  • Enology: The Enology concentration, the study of winemaking, offers students an intense, hands-on experience in fall and spring winery operations and the essential introduction to chemistry, organic chemistry, and wine lab analysis. SRJC's Enology concentration is an interdisciplinary academic/occupational program between the College's outstanding Chemistry and Agriculture/Natural Resources Departments.

More information about the Wine Studies Majors and Certificates can be found on the Wine Studies Curriculum page: ag.santarosa.edu/wine-studies-classes-and-degrees

Contact Us 

Kevin Sea
Wine Studies Program Coordinator
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Shone Farm Pavilion
Phone: 707-527-4363
Email: ksea@santarosa.edu