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Top 3 Wine MBA Programs, Facilities, Curriculum and Opportunities for Entrepreneurial MBA Students

Top 3 Wine MBA ProgramFrance, Spain, Italy and Germany, also known as the ‘old world’, once dominated the wine industry. During 1980-84, old world countries accounted for 58% of the production volume, which came down to 53% in 2009. On the other hand, New world countries grew from 18% to 26% in the same period.

The recent entrants to wine production or the ‘new world’ countries include Australia, US, Latin America, South Africa, and New Zealand. In the new world, consumption has not increased much, but the increase in production has led to a rise in exports. While the old world once had 76% of the export market share in 1980-84, it was at 60% in 2009. In the same period, the new world increased its market share from 2% to 31%.

The world's biggest wine consuming markets according to 2009 data are USA at $20 billion, France at $16 billion and UK at $8 billion. China is among the world's fastest growing market for wine consumption, which tripled in size to reach $3 billion in 2009. It is expected to double by 2015 and is set to one day become the world's #1 wine consumer.

While consumption in countries like USA, UK and Russia are also growing, it is decreasing rapidly in countries like France and Italy. However, the global potential for growth in the wine industry can be predicted based on the per capita consumption of wine; it was around 12 liters in US, 1 liter in China, 54 liters in France, while the Italians consumed 53 liters.

The above data shows that wine as a global market is on an upward trend, driven by the 'new world' wine producers, and the new consumer markets. This has raised a demand for a niche management degree – the Wine MBA. These MBA programs cover the business aspect of marketing wines in a globalized world. The best Wine MBA options are part-time programs designed for professionals who are working in the industry, or wish to shift careers into the business of wine making, distribution and marketing.

1) BEM - Wine & Spirits MBA

The BEM School of Management, Bordeaux, France, offers a 24-month MBA program that is conducted on a Part-time basis. Formerly known as the Wine MBA, BEM MBA program has been expanded to cover spirits and requires just 64 days outside the office. It consists of four 2-week sessions that are held in Bordeaux - France, Sonoma - USA, Adelaide - Australia, and Hong Kong - China. Altogether, there are 646 teaching hours and 1,500 personal study hours.

The Wine & Spirits MBA is supported by wine companies in 60+ countries, ranging all the way from Argentina to Australia. The program provides comprehensive coverage of traditional as well as new markets, equipping wine industry management personnel with leadership skills, insight and skills to thrive in a rapidly growing and competitive market.  
The curriculum covers the core of Marketing, Managing People, Corporate Finance, Supply Chain & Operations Management, Strategic Management, Information System Management, Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Economics, International Business and Environmental Forces. Students must choose one elective from Wine & Spirits Tourism, Wine & Spirits Sustainability, Wine & Spirits Industry - The Creative Turn and Auctions & Judgments.

Students also complete the Wine & Spirits MBA dissertation,
which is a research-based project tackling a business issue and can cover countries like Australia, Japan, China, India, Chile, Argentina, France and USA. The contact sessions involve classroom sessions, case studies, workshops and industry visits. Students learn from both academicians and industry experts. Group and individual presentations are followed by industry visits. Wine MBA graduates have seen 50% average salary increases, 41% vertical progression within the organization and 47% have jumped to international firms.

2) UC Davis Wine Executive Program

Also called "From Grape to Table" this is a 4-day program held jointly by UC Davis' Graduate School of Management and Department of Viticulture & Enology. The program teaches the basics of winemaking as well as management for profiting from the lucrative wine industry. The Executive program is designed for mid to senior level managers, suppliers, distributors, financial companies and affiliated businesses from the industry. Investors and entrepreneurs seeking to enter the business will also find the program useful.

The program is divided into 4 parts - Boot Camp Sessions (Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers, and Grape Growing & Wine Making 101), Business, Economics & the Law, Wine Marketing & Branding and Viticulture & Enology. Marketing and branding strategies combined with the latest hi-tech devices like the new LEED platinum winery at UC Davis make it a state of the art program for the wine industry. Participants usually include 15+ American states and countries like France, Italy, Australia, China, Chile and Argentina.

MBA students can also leverage the Wine Business Consulting Group (WBC) to learn more about the wine industry and find a career here. The WBC club provides consulting services for the industry. Students get the opportunity to work on industry projects and build a relevant network with the club.

3) Sonoma School of Business & Economics

Sonoma MBA in Wine Business is a part-time evening MBA with a Concentration in Wine Business. The curriculum combines the MBA core courses with the latest strategies for global wine business, particularly in sales, marketing, and sustainability.  Wine MBA graduates are tutored to fulfill leadership roles across the wine industry. Sonoma is located in the midst of California wine country, and offers local internships, special study sessions, projects and professional networking opportunities. The class meets once a week between 7pm & 9:40pm.

There are four core courses, followed by three theme areas - International Business & Global Issues, Contemporary Business Issues and Leadership & Ethics. Students then choose 2 electives, design a special study experience or take up an internship. The course ends with the capstone project which involves a complete business plan for a company, or for an entrepreneurial new wine venture. Past projects were held at companies like companies like Parducci, e-Winery Solutions, Landmark and Kokomo.

Speakers from the wine industry are a constant presence in the school. Students also frequently visit vineries for hands-on learning. Sonoma's North Bay iHub and Wine Business Institute helps innovative and entrepreneurial-minded MBA students to learn from academia and the wine industry.

Recommended Resources

1) BEM - Wine & Spirits MBA
2) UC Davis Wine Executive Program
3) Sonoma MBA in Wine Business

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"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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