International wine marketers visiting NW Wine Studies Center

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A delegation of sixteen wine industry executives from Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan visited Chemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center Friday, June 9. The countries are found in Eastern Europe around the Black and Caspian Seas.

Archeologists think wine making was invented in what is now Georgia over 6,000 years ago when people living there discovered that wild grape juice turned into wine when it was left buried through the winter in a shallow pit.

The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration sponsored the visit as part of its Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program.

Director Jessica Sandrock welcomed the group by offering tastes of student-made wine. Instructor Michael Adams gave a presentation on wine marketing in the United States. William Velez, from our International Program, facilitated a discussion about student exchange opportunities.