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Delicato Launches Winemaker Scholarship and mentoring program for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students

by Delicato Family Vineyards
February 09, 2021

Delicato Vineyards announced a new Winemaker Scholarship and mentoring program for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students pursuing a career in the Wine Industry with a focus on winemaking.

This scholarship program is designed to have a long-term impact by creating career opportunities for BIPOC students in the wine industry and advancing the diversity of Viticulture & Enology majors. By providing students with a fully paid scholarship, including living expenses, mentorship, professional development and industry experience through paid summer internships and a guaranteed job upon graduation, we can open new possibilities.

The aspiration behind the program is to encourage BIPOC students to join the wine industry and support them through the academic pipeline to a successful early career placement opportunity. We will be focusing on supporting students who plan to attend one of the three California universities which offer recognizable viticulture and enology programs:  University of California, Davis, California Polytechnic State University, and California State University, Fresno. 

Chris Indelicato, CEO of Delicato Family Wines, said: “I’m incredibly proud of our entire team involved in conceiving this remarkable program. Starting with my great-grandfather, the company’s philosophy has long included a statement around diversity and inclusion and is fundamental to our values and culture. Diversity of thought, experience, ethnicity, and gender makes us stronger and better.  By cultivating an environment of inclusion and belonging, we can inspire the next generation of BIPOC students to pursue a career in the wine industry.” 

Delicato Family Wines Winemaker Scholarship program is built around the goal of attracting and retaining a diverse workforce of highly talented individuals and is committed to investing in its community and the development of the alcohol and beverage industry for future generations.

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