Find educational resources that dive deeper into the wine and grape industry from apprenticeship programs to class information.
Midwest Grape and Wine Industry (MGWII) Institute has an array of educational resources to help individuals in the industry. We offer workshops and other events to help hone your craft.
For ISU students there are several on-campus courses you can enroll in.
- FS HN 276: Understanding Grape and Wine Science
- FS HN 509: Sensory Evaluation of Wine
IWGA Registered Apprenticeship Program
What is IWGA Apprenticeship Program?
The Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) Registered Apprenticeship Program is an educational and hands-on skills training program. The program is designed with the main goal of creating a well-educated and experienced workforce. This will to help supply and sustain the staffing needs of the wine industry throughout Iowa and the Midwest region. This program is the first of its kind as a statewide industry association sponsored program. It will set certified cellar workers, winemakers, and vineyard managers apart when it comes to receiving the educations and experience necessary to success in the industry.
What is VESTA?
The Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) is a program designed and fulfilled as a technical certification and two-year degree program to train individuals for success in the grape and wine industry. VESTA partners with serval universities and community colleges throughout the US to deliver online advanced viticulture, enology and wine business/entrepreneurship courses. This helps enable students to learn anytime, anywhere.
- Wine Business and Entrepreneurship
All of the programs above can also be used towards Associate of Applied Science degree with the addition of 30 hours of general education
Registered Apprenticeship (RA)
There were 1,373 jobs approved for RAs, but there were only two for the grape and wine industry (GWI) – Wine Maker and Cellar Worker.
There were 533,607 active RAs throughout the country, but less than 20 for the GWI – all in Iowa and Michigan.