Wine Industry Career Series: The Value of Travel

by Karen Wetzel


Wine credentials and work experience look great on your resume, but wine travel can also catch the attention of a prospective employer, increasing your chances of landing a career in the biz. Learning about wine and wine regions in books and videos is nice, but nothing shows your commitment to the grape more than getting out there and exploring a wine region.

Now that travel restrictions are lifting, are you one of the millions of Americans revving up for some ‘revenge travel’?

“People are scrambling to make up for lost vacations,” Kayak CEO Steve Hafner tells Fortune. There’s no better way to scratch that travel itch than to visit one of the many beautiful wine regions here in the US or around the world, while at the same time expanding your wine knowledge and upgrading your resume.

IMG 6626 scaled The wine travel opportunities are pretty broad based and there is something to fit everyone’s time and budget. You can go all-in and join an organized wine trip or take time on your personal vacation for a wine-focused day trip.

The “Wine Education Abroad” program at the Napa Valley Wine Academy offers amazing wine-centric trips to places like the Mosel in Germany, Piemonte in Italy, Argentina, and Bourgogne, France for 2022. These immersive trips are hosted by world-renowned experts and are like having a back-stage pass to wineries and vineyards that are not normally accessible to the public. Mercurey Chalonnais20190628 0024 scaled

What better way to hone your wine knowledge than to stay in the heart of the most famous vineyards in the world where you’ll get up close and personal with the terroir, viticulture and winemaking. And the food and wine experiences you’ll enjoy will help shape you as a wine pairing expert.

These intimate trips are limited to 14 enthusiastic passengers who are all about wine so you will be in good company. Reserve your spot soon as space is very limited.

Even if you don’t book a trip with us, remember, most states in the US produce wine. The obvious regions are Napa, Sonoma, Oregon, and Washington State. But you can also find beautiful wineries and vineyards across our country in lesser known places like Idaho, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, and Michigan. In fact, you might even discover a great place to explore wine right in your own backyard.

IMG 6687 scaled Whatever region you decide to explore, and however you get there, be sure to add your experiences to your resume and share the highlights on LinkedIn to grab the attention of a prospective employer. And, of course, have fun posting on the “Gram” and FaceBook too.

So get out there and see the world through those Rosé colored glasses. It’s good for your soul…and good for your resume.




Cancellations of confirmed in-person course enrollments and workshops are accepted up to 60 days before the start of the course. An administration fee of $50 plus the full cost of the study materials and exam fees will be deducted, and the remainder of the course fee refunded to the payee. Separate WSET exam cancellation/transfer rules apply.
Transfers of a confirmed enrollment to another course are accepted 60 days before the course start date with an administration fee of $50.

Cancellations less than 60 days before the in-person course start date or course no shows forfeit any refund/transfer options unless students can provide medical documentation. If medical documentation is provided, students can be transferred to a later course. No refunds will be applied.

Course Transfers cannot be carried forward to the next academic year (which commenced on January 1).

Students are highly encouraged to purchase separate travel insurance.

You've got this!

Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


3555 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109


You've got this!

Mariott Santa Ynez

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

April 23, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


555 McMurray Road

Buelton, CA 93427


You've got this!

Art Hotel Denver

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Mountain)


1201 Broadway

Denver, CO 80203


You've got this!

Aloft Nashville

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

February 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Central)


1719 West End Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203


You've got this!

Epicurean Hotel

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

March 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern)


1207 S Howard Ave,

Tampa, FL 33606


You've got this!

Street View of HQ

Your WSET Level 3 exam will take place on

January 22, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Pacific)


2501 Oak Street

Napa, CA 94559