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Announcing the Inaugural Domaine Serene Winery Endowed Scholarship for Wine Education Scholarship Recipients at Linfield University 


Two exceptional students awarded scholarships to the Evenstad Center for Wine Education  

Domaine SereneFebruary 2nd – Dayton, OR The Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield University, America’s only multi disciplinary wine education program, has awarded its 2021-22 academic scholarships to two exceptional students. Recipients Citalli Cruz Reyes and Emma Libby are the first to receive the Domaine Serene  Endowed Scholarship for Wine Education. Established in 2020 through a donation by Ken and Grace  Evenstad, founders of Domaine Serene Winery, this scholarship program was created to assist underrepresented populations in receiving a top-rated wine education.  

“The Evenstad Center for Wine Education is designed to meet the needs of the wine industry by preparing  and educating diverse, well-rounded candidates to develop specialties in wine beyond just winemaking and  viticulture,” said Ryan Harris, President & CEO of Evenstad Estates. “It is encouraging to see such a high level of passion from these two scholarships recipients who, to us, represent the future of the industry. Each  student brings a different expertise to the table, and we look forward to the lasting impression they will leave  on the industry and community as a whole.” 

The two standout students, Emma Libby and Citlalli Cruz Reyes, are studying different aspects of the wine  industry. Emma Libby is a double major in wine studies and journalism / media studies pursuing a public  relations and communications career in Oregon Wine. And, Citlalli Cruz Reyes is currently undecided  though interested in vineyard management and winemaking, pursuing a five-year bachelors and master’s  degree studying at Linfield and the École Supérieure d’Agricultures in Angers, France. This year’s recipients  were honored during a presentation at halftime of the Portland Trail Blazers game on January 25 at Moda  Center, where Domaine Serene and the Trail Blazers have partnered to merge the interaction between wine  and basketball with the Domaine Serene Wine Studios. “We are proud to partner with Domaine Serene to  provide support to students who are passionate about working in the wine industry,” said Tim Matz, Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, Domaine Serene Chair in Wine Business, “Helping these two students will allow them to focus more on their academic pursuit and ultimately become stewards for the  Oregon Wine Industry.” 

The Evenstads are longtime supporters of Linfield University, establishing the Evenstad Center for Wine  Education in 2018. The Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield University integrates numerous  wine education programs and activities into academic and experiential learning for student and adult learners.  The curriculum currently offers an academic major and minor in wine studies, as well as certificate programs  in wine management and wine marketing and Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses. Linfield’s  Wine Studies Program also offers a five-year cooperative program with Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture in  Angers, France, in which students earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree upon completion. 

To learn more about Evenstad Estates and future projects, visit our locations, or join the wine club or mailing  list, visit www.DomaineSerene.com, call 503-864-4600 and follow us on Instagram and Facebook

About Evenstad Estates 

Founded in 1989 by Ken and Grace Evenstad in the Dundee Hills, Evenstad Estates produces Pinot Noir,  Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine in Oregon and Burgundy, under the award-winning Domaine Serene,  Château de la Crée, and Maison Evenstad labels.  

The Evenstads became the first Oregon vintners to own land and produce wine in Burgundy with the 2015  acquisition of Château de la Crée and 25 acres of prime vineyards in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay, and Maranges. This led to the development of the Maison  Evenstad label.  

In June 2021, the Evenstads expanded its Burgundian vineyard holdings by taking control of the renowned  15-acre Domaine Christian Confuron et fils estate, comprised of prestigious Grand Cru vineyard blocks in  Bonnes Mares and Clos de Vougeot, Premier Cru parcels in Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-Saint-Georges,  and village blocks in Comblanchien, Gilly-lès-Cîteaux, and Premeaux-Prissey.  

In Oregon, Evenstad Estates operates the Domaine Serene Clubhouse, a state-of-the-art winery and tasting  room overlooking the Dundee Hills. Domaine Serene launched the innovative Domaine Serene Wine Lounge  brand in 2018, creating outposts in Portland and Lake Oswego, with the third location opening in Bend in  fall 2021. The winery currently produces wines from six individual vineyard estates, planted exclusively to  Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Evenstads own nearly 1,000 total acres of land in the hills of Yamhill  County, with 300 acres planted to vine. 

Having earned 95 points and above by wine critics an astounding 140 times and counting, the wines of  Evenstad Estates represent the achievement that is possible in Oregon and Burgundy, the two finest regions in  the world for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

For more information, visit www.DomaineSerene.com or www.la-cree.com/en/.

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