The Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the CIA's Greystone campus recently marked 10 years of providing world-class wine education. The innovative programs and instruction offered in the state-of-the-art venue has helped launch and advance thousands of careers of wine and beverage leaders and master sommeliers.
Located in the heart of Napa Valley, the Rudd Center has drawn more than 15,000 students to professional wine classes, Wine Lovers Boot Camps, and weekend classes for enthusiasts. It is home to innovative education offerings including the CIA’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program and Wine Immersion programs for industry professionals. The Rudd Center also serves as a wine classroom for the college’s degree programs, and a collaboration venue for the groundbreaking farm-to-table bachelor’s degree concentration.
Expanding on the college’s previous wine programs for professionals, the Rudd Center opened its doors in 2003, funded by a lead grant from the Rudd Foundation.The historic building was formerly the Still House, where the religious order of Christian Brothers made brandy. It is now a state-of-the art wine education center with sensory classrooms designed for analyzing wines and beverages, wireless keypad response systems, and built-in light boxes.