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Wine Study Tour Heads to Rome and Southern Italy in May 2016

Submitted By: Valery Vue, October 19, 2015
Rohnert Park, CA – The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that a 12-day international wine study tour will take place May 23 – June 3, 2016, with travel to Rome and the Amalfi Coast, including the wine regions of Campania, Puglia, and Sicily. In previous years, international wine study tours have been reserved for undergraduate and postgraduate wine business students. This year marks the 10th anniversary of SSU educational wine trips abroad, with special invitation to members of the public and regional wine enthusiasts. Travel guides include Dr. Liz Thach, MW, SSU Professor of Management and Wine Business, and Dr. Janeen Olsen, Certified Sommelier and SSU Professor of Marketing and Wine Business.

“It was important to us this year to open our doors to the broader community and expose local wine enthusiasts to our tradition of guided, educational travel. In the past, we’ve explored the wine regions of Chile, Argentina, France, and Spain. This year is special, and we welcome all travelers for what promises to be a fun and informative 10th anniversary adventure,” Professor Janeen Olsen said.

The trip itinerary includes eight wineries in addition to cultural sites in southern Italy. Cost is $3875 for airfare, hotel, transportation, winery visits, some excursions, all breakfasts, and three dinners. Interested students are eligible for educational credit through the School of Extended and International Education. Those not taking the trip for credit are responsible for a $200 educational fee. A $100 discount is available to all interested parties who register before November 1, 2015. Space is limited to 25 travelers.

“These educational wine trips are truly amazing. I participated in the Northern Italy Wine tour when I was enrolled in the Wine MBA program and it was so useful that after graduating I signed up to go on the Spain trip,” Jorge Covarrubias, Class of 2013 said.

“It was while I was on the Chile wine trip that I began to realize what an incredible industry this is and decided to pursue a career in wine,” Ian Cauble, co-founder of Somm Select said.

For more information regarding the 10th anniversary international wine study tour, please contact Liz@lizthach.com or janeenolsen@gmail.com. For information regarding wine business seminars, certificates, and degree programs, please contact (707) 664-3235, winebiz@sonoma.edu, or visit www.sonoma.edu/sbe.

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