Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program

Tina Vidal-Duart, Carlos Duart with President Jessell at the signing ceremony

In December 2023, through the generous support of FIU alumni Tina Vidal-Duart '02, MBA '04 and Carlos Duart '94, MA '99, the Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program was established with its state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty to lead the way in innovative, experiential, and accessible wine education. The program prepares graduates for professions across all sectors, from wineries, retail operations, distribution, online sales platforms, and wine industry technology and finance, to wine program management in restaurants, hotels, private clubs, cruise ships and the ever-expanding world of wine tourism.

History of the Wine Program

Established in 1972, the Wine Studies Program was led by Professor Patrick "Chip" Cassidy '75 (1947–2019), a world-renowned wine expert who made a life around his committed exploration of wine and sharing his passion with others, and ultimately with his beloved students. He was a master educator, a master motivator and a master mentor. Chip was the Director of the Wine Program at the Chaplin School and was the driving force behind the program’s success and reputation.

About the Program

The stunning Southern Glazer’s Beverage Management Center is home to the Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. A state-of-the-art wine classroom is the educational setting that visually tells the story of the wine curriculum and uses technology and modern pedagogy to transport learners to new destinations and learning experiences. A small sampling of what our students experience here includes wine and food laboratories, engaging wine tastings, guest lectures by top-notch industry experts and wine industry certification courses. The program offers a comprehensive array of industry-funded scholarships and is rounded out by an active and fully engaged student-run Wine Guild, a club for students who are passionate and want to learn more about the beverage. These features set our program apart.

Watch Our Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program Tribute Dinner Video

A College of Hospitality student pouring wine

Key Pillars


Scholarships and Fellowships

Student Group

Facilities and Resources

  • Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center
  • Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory
  • The Jay W. Weiss Wine and Spirits Laboratory
  • Mel Dick Wine Tower
  • Joseph Phelps Education Program
  • Rioja Wine Vault
  • Molly Dooker Wine Vault


  • Global Wines of the World
  • Food and Wine Pairing
  • Wine Sensory & Perception
  • Wine Marketing & Brand Development
  • Contemporary Issues in the Wine Industry
  • Understanding the Business of Wine
  • Beverage Entrepreneurship
  • Beverage Management Law
  • Wine Technology
  • The Art and Science of Winemaking
  • Wine and Culture
  • The History of Wine
  • Guest Lecture Series in Wine

Meet the Team

Wine Studies Careers

Graduates can expect to find rewarding career opportunities in the following areas and many more:

  • Hotel/Resort Beverage Management
  • Strategic Brand Management
  • Sales/Marketing Management
  • Digital Program Management
  • Wine Industry Educator
  • Food & Beverage Manager
  • Wine Portfolio Manager
  • Finance and Technology Management
  • Sommelier and Wine Buyer
  • Wine Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications
  • Wine Industry Business Analyst
  • Wine Consultant

Support the Vision

The FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program, situated in the vibrant city of Miami, Florida, serves as an ideal environment for cultivating the future leaders of the wine industry. Positioned in an international hub, this program boasts a broad global network, acting as a central hub to stimulate economic growth, foster collaboration at local, regional, national, and international levels, and serve as a launching pad for innovation in the wine industry.

Current Partners

Friends of the Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program

Friends of the Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program include individuals, organizations, collectors, wineries, and wine industry professionals who play an indispensable role in advancing our mission. For more information about joining our Friends program, please contact:

Shivani Joshi
Executive Director,
Global Philanthropy & Partnerships
Office: HM 217
Phone: 305-919-4510

Community Events & Experiences

The Vidal-Duart Wine Studies Program hosts community events where learners fully immerse themselves in the world of wine.