Grape and Wine Industry Career-Building Events


The Department of Viticulture and Enology recognizes the importance of making connections between our students and the grape and wine industry.  The following two career-related activities provide networking opportunities that continue to benefit our students and the grape and wine industry.

Held on November 28, 2017

Annual Viticulture and Enology Resume Workshop and Industry Panel - Fall Semester  

The Department of Viticulture and Enology hosts an annual resume workshop where students are able to meet face-to-face with experienced members of the grape and wine industry to review and critique their resumes. The workshop also includes a Q&A panel featuring industry guests.  Students are able to ask questions and receive real-world advice on a variety of topics and issues such as what to expect during the interview process, working for a large vs small company, skills needed to stand out in the grape and wine industry, and salary expectations.

Students who have participated in this workshop indicate that this event is one of the most helpful career-related activities they have attended.  This annual workshop is held during the fall semester and is intended to prepare students for the Department of Viticulture and Enology's Internship and Career Fair held each spring.

*Refer to a participating list of experts below!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Annual Viticulture and Enology Internship and Career Fair -Spring Semester  

The Department of Viticulture and Enology hosts an annual Internship and career fair for students interested in careers in the grape and wine industry.   Students are encouraged to come prepared (with resumes in hand) to meet employer representatives from various companies and organizations seeking to hire qualified students from Fresno State. Students from other career related departments are also invited to attend. This annual event is held during the spring semester on campus.

 Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Online Employer Registration is Closed!  
Contact: cynthiaw@csufresno.edu
 
Click here for 2018 EMPLOYER INVITATION LETTER  

List of 2018 Employers

Agajanian Vineyards & Wine CompanyAgajanian Vineyards & Wine Company (AV) is a winegrape grower and vintner. We also provide winegrape management services, premium bulk wine, bulk juice, and varietal concentrate for wineries and negociant brands. We have an in-house winemaker and offer a bottling program with package design and domestic/export assistance. AV's mission is to source the needs for the market with a staff that has grown up in the vineyards for over 50 years with offices in Napa, Central Coast and Central Valley. 

Allied Grape GrowersThru market intelligence AGG negociates contracts on behalf of growers in all regions of the state with the soul interest of California Wine Grape Growing Profitability / Viability long term. Giving growers the tool and the voice to be successful at what they do best which is being good stewards of the land.

Bronco Wine Company - Founded in 1973, Bronco Wine Company is a family-owned winery committed to growing, producing and selling wines of the highest quality and greatest value to our customers. Our diverse family of brands are sold in over 90 countries worldwide in addition to being distributed throughout the United States. We are a major vintage varietal wine source to the California wine industry and are currently recognized as the fifth largest winery and largest vineyard owner in the US.

CADE Estate Winery - CADE Estate is dedicated to crafting stunning estate grown Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Located at 1800 feet above sea level in the Howell Mountain AVA, you will experience great views and great wines from high above the Napa Valley. CADE Estate Winery is part of the PlumpJack Group which includes Odette and PlumpJack Esate Wineries as well as bars, hotels and restaurants in San Francisco, Monterey, Palm Springs and Squaw Valley.

Cakebread Cellars - The Cakebread family, owners of Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, is among the most creative and successful winery families in California’s famed Napa Valley. Since its founding in 1973, the winery has developed a reputation for producing world-class wines. Its success is built on quality, consistency and continuity; characteristics which apply equally to the grapes, the wines, the people and the operation of the winery.

Constellation BrandsConstellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. 

Crop Production Services - We are committed to being the leading provider of agricultural inputs in each of our markets. We will attract and retain outstanding employees by motivating and rewarding them for their accomplishments in providing exceptional service to our valued customers.

Delicato Family VineyardsDelicato Family Vineyards is one of the fastest growing wine companies in the world, celebrating 90+ years of California winemaking and grape growing heritage. Family-owned and operated since the company's founding in 1924, three generations of Indelicato family have fostered the winery's commitment to innovation, quality and environmental stewardship - cornerstones that have harnessed the family's long-term focus and solidified the winery as an internationally recognized leader in the industry.

Duckhorn Wine Company - Duckhorn Wine Company has helped set the standard for American fine wine for almost four decades. Founded with the launch of Duckhorn Vineyards in 1976, the Duckhorn Portfolio has evolved to include Goldeneye, Paraduxx, Migration, Decoy and Canvasback, and features a unique structure that includes six dedicated winemakers. Combining more than 600 acres of acclaimed estate vineyards in California’s Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Anderson Valley and Washington State’s Red Mountain.

Fetzer - Founded in 1968 by Barney Fetzer in Mendocino County, California, Fetzer Vineyards is an award-winning purveyor of wines from sustainable, organic and biodynamic grapes. In addition to robust offerings under the winery’s flagship Fetzer label, the winery also crafts the leading wine from organic grapes, Bonterra Organic Vineyards. Other California-based offerings include Adorada, Anthony’s Hill, Jekel Vineyards, Sanctuary Wines and 1000 Stories, a bourbon barrel aged zinfandel.

Fresno State Career Services and Jordan College Advising & Career Development Center - Fresno State's Internship Coordinator and the Jordan College's Coordinator of Internships and Professional Experiences will be at the Viticulture and Enology Career Fair to provide guidance and information to interested employers and students.

E. & J. Gallo WineryOver eighty years ago, with humble beginnings, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo began E. & J. Gallo Winery. Today, we are the world's largest family-owned winery. We distribute wines to over 90 countries and are the largest exporter of California wine. E. & J. Gallo Winery employs a creative and talented team of more than 5,000 people. We truly believe that the contributions of our employees are what make our Winery a dominant force in the ever-growing wine industry.

Jaguar Farm Labor Contractor, Inc. - Jaguar Farm Labor Contracting Inc. provides farm labor services in California to the agricultural industry.  Our commitment to high ethical standards allows us to build and maintain long-term relationships with our clients and colleagues.  Honesty and integrity are the cornerstone of our business.

Merry Edwards Winery - Merry Edwards Winery is a state-of-the-art winery in California’s Russian River Valley, focused on producing world class Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Our founder and winemaker, Merry Edwards, is one of the first female winemakers in California and has over 40 years of experience.

O'Neill Vintners & Distillers - O’Neill Vintners & Distillers is the leading California producer of premium brands, bulk wine, brandy and spirits for the beverage alcohol trade. Leveraging our vertically integrated vineyard, winery and bottling operations, O’Neill Vintners provides the highest quality products and service at an exceptional value. Today, O’Neill Vintners has grown to become the 7th largest winery in California and has earned a reputation as one of the premier commercial wine producers in the business.

Pandol Bros., Inc. - For more than 70 years the Pandol Family has focused on providing its customers with the world's finest produce and service that is second to none. In addition to family owned table grape vineyards in California, the Family works closely with a broad network of growers in the Southern Hemisphere to provide fresh table grapes and other fresh produce items to the U.S. marketplace year round. Pandol also markets grapes and other fresh products to export markets around the globe.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates - Representing (3) California wineries: 

  • Patz & HallPatz & Hall was founded in 1988 by four talented individuals - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, they have turned Patz & Hall into one of California's most highly regarded wineries, with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Patz & Hall sources fruit from the Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Mendocino County, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Lucia Highlands. 
  • Conn Creek:  Conn Creek's flagship wine, Anthology, is a testament to the layers of depth and complexity that can be achieved through the art of blending.  The Napa Valley Series showcases single varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.  Join our team! 
  • Stag's Leap:  Stag's Leap Cellars, notably known for being the winery that won the Cabernet Savignon competition in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, was founded in 1970, and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.  Estate wines include Fay, SLV, and Cask 23.

Scheid VineyardsIn our 45th year of farming, we own eleven estate vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley. We built a state-of-the-art winery with a crushing capacity of 30,000 tons, as well as a smaller Reserve Winery where the small production wines of Scheid Vineyards are crafted. With 4,000 acres of vineyards, we sell the some of our production as custom-made wines to other wineries. Our state of the art bottling facility has just reached a half-million cases in production.

Sunview Vineyards of California.Inc - Every stage of this family operation is built and managed with several goals in mind: Provide our consumers and customers with the safest premium quality fruits available while being good stewards of the land we farm.  We believe the only way to assure this level of quality, food safety, and stewardship is through close supervision and attention to detail on our farms, from our specialized plant breeding to growing, and from harvesting to packing.  

The Wine Group -The Wine Group is one of the top leaders in the wine industry.  As a privately held management-owned company with 14 wineries in California, New York, and Australia, we strive to wine with exceptional people who share our values.  We produce many well-known brands including Franzia, Cupcake, Chloe, Flip Flop, Save Me San Francisco, Insurrection, Concannon, Benziger and Imagery. We are a successful company looking to employ talented individuals on our team who are self-motivated, positive and energetic.

Treasury Wine Estates - At Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) we welcome individuals who seek to make extraordinary impact. We embrace an environment where you can set about defining yourself and your career. Our global portfolio of instantly recognized wine brands include Penfolds, Beringer, Sterling Vineyards, Etude, Stags’ Leap and 19 Crimes; TWE is an organization where the sky’s the limit.

Trinchero Family EstatesTrinchero Family Estates is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The TFE portfolio includes more than 40 brands including Sutter Home, Ménage à Trois, Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, Folie à Deux, Terra d'Oro, SeaGlass, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. TFE also markets and sells a stable of notable brands including Joel Gott Wines, Charles & Charles, Taken Wine Co., and Bandit.

Vie-Del Company - Vie-Del Company is a family owned and operated business founded in 1946 and a major producer of wine, brandy and juice concentrate. Over the past 70 years, through innovative thinking, research and development and loyalty to our customers, we have created an incomparable excellence, dedicated to the quality of our brand. If you’re looking for an exciting career in the winery/distillery/fruit juice processing industry, here’s your opportunity to join our team.

Vino Farms - Vino Farms is a well-established vineyard management company responsible for producing high quality wine grapes in a sustainable and profitable manner for our clients.  We provide great opportunities for the right person to grow and become an integral part of this progressive family business.  The company has a long history of integrity and is considered an industry leader.  We offer a competitive salary based on experience level + award winning benefits.

 

Take a look at the Participating Employers who were at our 2017 Career Fair! 

Agajanian Vineyards and Wine Company - Agajanian Vineyards & Wine Company (AV) is a winegrape grower and vintner. We also provide winegrape management services, premium bulk wine, bulk juice, and varietal concentrate for wineries and negociant brands. We have an in-house winemaker and offer a bottling program with package design and domestic/export assistance. AV's mission is to source the needs for the market with a staff that has grown up in the vineyards for over 50 years with offices in Napa, Central Coast and Central Valley. 

Bronco Wine Company - As a family-owned, integrated wine company, our corporate culture is derived from our forefathers' ambition, work ethic, ingenuity and experiences. With a family history in California winemaking that dates back four generations and over 100 years, our culture us an outgrowth of visionary leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit and way of life where wine, food, family, and friends are blessings we count every day. 

Cakebread CellarsThe Cakebread family, owners of Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, is among the most creative and successful winery families in California’s famed Napa Valley. Since its founding in 1973, the winery has developed a reputation for producing world-class wines. Its success is built on quality, consistency and continuity; characteristics which apply equally to the grapes, the wines, the people and the operation of the winery.

Constellation Brands - Constellation Brands (CBI) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high end, imported brands including Corona, Modelo Especial, Pacifico and Victoria. CBI is also the world's leader in premium wine with brands that people love including Robert Mondavi, Estancia, Wild Horse, Clos du Bois, Mark West, Meiomi, Franciscan. Spirits include SVEDA and Casa Noble Tequila. 

Delicato Family Vineyards - Delicato Family Vineyards is one of the fastest growing wine companies in the world, celebrating 90+ years of California winemaking and grape growing heritage. Family-owned and operated since the company's founding in 1924, three generations of Indelicato family have fostered the winery's commitment to innovation, quality and environmental stewardship - cornerstones that have harnessed the family's long-term focus and solidified the winery as an internationally recognized leader in the industry. 

Grapery, Inc.Grapery is a table grape production company located in Kern and Tulare Counties founded in 1996. The strategic focus of Grapery is to deliver WOW flavor to our customers consistently. Grapery produces several unique proprietary varieties such as Cotton Candy, Flavor Promise, MoonDrops, GumDrops and Tear Drops. We maintain an extensive testing program for new varieties.

E. & J. Gallo WineryFounded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1933 in Modesto, California, E. & J. Gallo Winery is the world’s largest family-owned winery and the acclaimed producer of award-winning wines and spirits featured in more than 90 countries around the globe. A pioneer in the art of grape growing, winemaking, sustainable practices, marketing and worldwide distribution, Gallo crafts and imports wines and spirits to suit a diverse range of tastes and occasions.

Fetzer VineyardsHeadquartered two hours north of San Francisco in Mendocino County, Fetzer Vineyards has nearly 50 years of experience in earth-first winemaking. The world’s largest B Corp winery, we are recognized as a leader in environmental stewardship and business ethics. Winery operation includes 1000 acres of farmed vineyards and over 3 million cases produced annually. The company employs 300 across the US. Brands include Fetzer, Bonterra, Jekel, Sanctuary, 1,000 Stories, Vina Maipo and more.

O'Neill Vintners & DistillersO’Neill Vintners & Distillers is the leading California producer of premium bulk wine, case goods, brandy and spirits for beverage alcohol companies and the retail trade. Leveraging our vertically integrated vineyard, winery and bottling operations, O’Neill Vintners provides the highest quality products and service at an exceptional value.

Scheid VineyardsIn our 45th year of farming, we own eleven estate vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley. We built a state-of-the-art winery with a crushing capacity of 30,000 tons, as well as a smaller Reserve Winery where the small production wines of Scheid Vineyards are crafted. With 4,000 acres of vineyards, we sell the some of our production as custom-made wines to other wineries. Our state of the art bottling facility has just reached a half-million cases in production.

Sun-maid Growers of CaliforniaFounded in 1912, Sun-Maid Growers of California is the world's largest processor of raisins and other quality dried fruits. The "Sun-Maid Girl" was trademarked in 1916 and products are distributed to 50 countries. The finest food companies utilize Sun-Maid raisin products in a wide variety of cereals, breads and snacks. As a farmers' cooperative, Sun-Maid is privately owned by 750 families who farm 50,000 acres. Our production facilities are centrally located in California.

Sunview Vineyards of California, Inc. - Sunview Vineyards of California, Inc. is a unique company that combines family tradition and modern technology in the growing of California’s finest table and wine grapes. Our company is a large family-owned and operated table grape producer and has been growing table and wine grapes in the southern San Joaquin Valley for over sixty years. Our farming practices combine the wisdom of tradition with recent technological advances. Decades of practical experience have resulted in clear knowledge.

The Tremont/Lyman GroupsThe Tremont/Lyman Groups are one of Northern California’s leading marketers and distributors of agricultural products. Our history of growth is rooted in the quality of our people and the strength of our business relationships. Our unique entrepreneurial culture encourages and supports growth and development of our employees. Quick Facts: Headquarters in Woodland, CA 17 locations throughout Northern California 65 Pest Control Advisors (PCA’s) Over 250 employees Over 5,000 customers.

The Wine Group The Wine Group is one of the top leaders in the wine industry. As a privately held management-owned company with 14 wineries in California, New York, and Australia, we thrive to win with exceptional people who share our values. We produce many well-known brands including Franzia, Cupcake, Chloe, Flip Flop, Save Me San Francisco, Insurrection, Concannon, Benziger and Imagery. We are a successful company looking to employ talented individuals on our team who are self-motivated, positive and energetic.

Treasury Wine EstatesTreasury Wine Estates is one of the world's largest wine companies that is traded on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). We believe in creating a culture that delivers sustainable growth - for our people, our business and our customers. We have a passion for wine that is reflected in our behavior and in everything we do. Our bands are amongst the most recognized and awarded in the world including Beringer, Sterling Vineyards, Etude, Stags’ Leap and Provenance.

Trinchero Family EstatesTrinchero Family Estates was founded in 1948 when the Trinchero Family purchased the Sutter Home winery and Bob Trinchero infamously created White Zinfandel – the wine that changed the way American’s enjoy wine. Trinchero Family Estates has been carrying on the tradition of innovation and the family values for more than 65 years and has grown into the second largest family-owned wine company in the country.

Vino Farms - Vino Farms is a third-generation family run vineyard management company responsible for producing high quality wine grapes in a sustainable and profitable manner for our clients. The company has a long history of integrity and is considered an industry leader. We are a dynamic company which provides an exciting, fast paced environment, a competitive compensation and a robust benefit plan.

Vineyard Professional ServicesAs a vineyard management company, we farm 25 vineyards across Templeton, Paso Robles, and southern Monterey County. We strive to produce high quality winegrapes with great consideration taken of the economic and environmental impacts.

 

 

Participating Employers who were at our 2016 Career Fair! 
 

Industry Experts at our Resume Workshops

Industry experts who attended our November 28, 2017 Resume Workshop:

  • Daniel Amstadter*, The Wine Group
  • Todd Berg*, Trinchero Family Estates
  • Jerry DiBuduo*, DiBuduo Land Management
  • John Giannini*, Van Ruiten Vineyards
  • Hal Huffsmith*, Fresno State Viticulture & Enology (Industry Liaison)
  • Andy Mendez*, Trinchero Family Estates
  • Jeff Oliver, Oliver Search Consulting
  • Jared Ramos*, Constellation Napa Vineyards
  • Shauna SIlva, The Wine Group
  • Chris Willis*, E & J Gallo Winery
  • Elias Zuniga, Constellation Wines

Industry experts who attended the November 30, 2016 Resume Workshop:

  • John Allbaugh, Bronco Wine Company
  • Todd Berg*, Trinchero Family Estates
  • Jeff Bitter*, Allied Grape Growers
  • Jose Calderon*, Constant Wines
  • Steven Cobb*, Scheid Vineyards
  • Scot Dahlstrom*, The Wine Group
  • Cathy Ference*, Treasury Wine Estate
  • John Giannini*, Van Ruiten Vineyards
  • Simon Graves*, Treasury Wine Estates
  • Monica Meiners, Constellation Brands
  • Lauryn Meissner*, Treasury Wine Estates
  • Emilio Miranda*, Allied Grape Growers
  • Shauna Silva, The Wine Group
  • Chris Willis*, E & J Gallo Winery

Industry experts who attended the December 2, 2015 Resume Workshop:

  • John Arellano*, Duarte Nursery
  • Jeff Bitter*, Allied Grape Growers
  • Madelyn Crawford*, Cairdean Winery
  • James Ewart, Delicato Monterey Winery
  • Steve McIntyre*, Monterey Pacific, Inc.
  • Monica Meiners (HR), Constellation Brands
  • Pete Richmond*, Silverado Farming
  • Joseph Shoffner*, E & J Gallo Winery
  • Michelle Vandergon*, E & J Gallo Winery
  • Chris Willis*, E & J Gallo Winery

Industry experts who attended the December 3, 2014 Resume Workshop:

  • Bryan Anthony*, Grower Relations Manager, Napa Valley based winery
  • John Arellano*, Field Representative, Duarte Nursery
  • Greg Clark*, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, Napa County
  • Brian Clements*, Vice President/Partner, Turrentine Brokerage
  • John Giannini*, Winemaker
  • Simon Graves*, Director of Vineyard Operations, Treasury Wine Estates
  • John McLoughlin, Vigneron, Cellar 433/Dragoon Mountain Vineyard, Arizona
  • Emilio Miranda*, Viticulturist, Allied Grape Growers
  • Lori Pywtorak, Winemaker, Delicato Family Vineyards (Monterey)
  • Dan Rodrigues*, Lecturer, Cal Poly SLO and Vineyard Consultant, Vina Quest LLC
  • Donna Stuart, Talent Acquisitions Manager, Delicato Family Vineyards
  • Chris Willis*, Winemaker, E & J Gallo Winery

Our 2013 Resume Workshop Presenters:

  • Jennifer Barak*, Ridge Vineyards
  • Mike Borboa*, Oak Ridge Winery
  • Hugh Callison*, Constellation Brands
  • Audra Cooper*, Turrentine Brokerage
  • Simon Graves*, Treasury Estates
  • Matt Heil*, Caymus Vineyards
  • Tim Holt*, E & J Gallo Winery
  • Amanda Ingram*, The Wine Group
  • Jeff Oliver, Oliver Search Consulting

 * Fresno State (Viticulture/Enology) Alumni

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