Wine Business Management

Wine Business Management

One Year, Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code 0275
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

The information on this page applies to the Fall 2015 intake term, unless otherwise noted.

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Admission Requirements
Sept. 2015 to May 2016

  • Ontario College Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree, OR an acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education (as determined by the College)


  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • Selection and Ranking Process

    Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.


    Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete practical lab requirements. Niagara cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

    Career Opportunities

    This program will provide you with expertise in the business, retail, marketing and export aspects of the growing wine industry.

    In addition to a wide range of management opportunities, graduates can pursue wine-related jobs in:

    • Agri-tourism development
    • Winery operations management
    • Export licensee and agency sales and operations
    • Marketing and public relations
    • Retail operations
    • Special events management

    The NC Difference

    • The Wine Visitor + Education Centre, unique in North America showcases Ontario and Canadian Wines and provides state-of-the-art facilities
    • Niagara College boasts Canada’s first and only commercial teaching winery
    • Niagara is located in the heart of Canada’s largest wine region
    • In addition to the award-winning Niagara College Teaching Winery, the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus has two on-site vineyards
    • The College also has an award-winning Winery and Viticulture Technician diploma program, as well as tourism and hospitality, international business and management programs
    • Wine Business Management emphasizes applied learning with industry leaders and includes student participation in a major project with industry partners
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    The wine industry dates back to the Middle Ages, ranking it as one of the oldest industries in existence. This program helps students understand the complexities of today’s global wine industry and become the successful wine merchants of tomorrow. Steve Gill, Wine Business Management (Graduate Certificate) co-ordinator
    The Winery Business Management program has given me the tools to help the flourishing wine industry. From experience out in the vineyard to co-chairing the 2011 Winery Sales & Profitability Symposium, I feel very confident to enter the industry with a backbone of knowledge... Jennifer Selvig, Sales and Marketing graduate, Post-Graduate student
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    Degree Options

    Niagara College maintains articulation/transfer agreements with other colleges and universities within Ontario, the rest of Canada, and Internationally. To see if there are any agreements available for this program, please visit the Articulation Agreement website. Credit Transfer Options

    Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any NC program.
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    Term One (2015 Fall)
    Course CodeCourse NameUnits
    BABH9501Event Planning and Management3
    BUSN9119Project Management3
    OEVT9104Sensory Evaluation of Wine for Industry Professionals3
    OEVT9105Finance and Logistics3
    OEVT9107Wine Tourism and Tasting Room Management3
    OEVT9110Wine Growing Environmental Management3
    PREL9137Introduction to Public Relations3
    Term Two (2016 Winter)
    Course CodeCourse NameUnits
    OEVT9106Wine Production4
    OEVT9108Capstone Research and Thesis Project6
    OEVT9109International Trade and Export Development3
    OEVT9111Wine Marketing and Consumer Behaviour3
    OEVT9112Winery Business Management and Regulatory Environment3
    MGMT9700Principles of Human Resource Management3
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