Wine Entrepreneurship Certificate (2024)


Strategies for Building & Growing Your Wine Business


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Program Overview 

Join us as Anisya Fritz, Ph.D., CEO and co-owner of Lynmar Estate, discusses her experience as a wine entrepreneur and reflects on 10+ years as the lead instructor for the Wine Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.  Dr. Anisya Fritz is an expert strategist and entrepreneur extraordinaire. Lynmar Estate is a luxury brand in the Russian River Valley, that she successfully transitioned from 80% wholesale/20% direct to consumer to more than 80% DTC. She is a master of strategic thinking. 

This course is designed to give owners and general managers of vineyards and wineries of and those aspiring to start a business in the wine industry the time and tools to develop a plan with metrics to track effectiveness. Participants will be exposed to key concepts in the development of business models and strategy and have the opportunity to talk with others about key aspects of the wine business including the positioning of their organization, key aspects of marketing and sales and the financial frameworks to track success.

The teacher Anisya Fritz, Ph.D. has taught the course since 2012. The course is designed to be interactive and will be back on campus for most of the instructional portion after a hiatus for the pandemic. However this time it is designed as an intensive over 2 weekends one month apart with individual project work between meetings.

During the  classroom days there will be guest speakers, breakout sessions, and small group exercises. Over the 5 weeks students will develop their own business plan which they will write and present

Deliverable:  A written business path and its presentation developed and honed over 5 weeks.

Sample of Previous Guest Speakers: 
  • Tim Burgess, Rodney Strong
  • Jeanette Tan, Owner of QB Winery Solutions
  • Sandra Hess, DTC Wine Workshops
  • Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator


Course Information:

Instructor: Anisya Fritz, Ph.D. 

Dates: TBD

Meetings: TBD

Course Fee: TBD

Registration: An application is part of the registration process. We will keep you informed when news about the program is published and when the application process begins.

Course Texts (Optional but recommended if you are new to strategic planning or the wine industry)

  • Essentials of Strategic Management (Fifth Edition)
    David Hunger and Thomas Wheelan (2011).
  • The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery
    Thomas Pellechia (2008).


Next program will start in 2024

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About the Instructor 

kyuho_leeDr. Anisya Fritz

Anisya Thomas Fritz, Ph.D., is a Proprietor of Lynmar Estate, a family-owned producer of ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, where she serves as the Director of Marketing and Consumer Sales. She is also co-founder of the Fritz Institute, a not-for-profit organization that works on improving the system of humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world, and LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, a logistics provider, where she is the CEO and Chairman of the Board.
The author of numerous articles on competitive strategy, international entrepreneurship, and humanitarian relief, Dr. Fritz has published in leading journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of International Business Studies.
Previously, Dr. Fritz was an associate professor at Florida International University in Miami and a Visiting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. She received her B.A. at Loyola College in Maryland and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Registration is done in partnership with the School of Extended and International Education