Europa Village Hosts MBA Exchange Students from Paris, France
Over many years of visiting and admiring the elegant and picturesque villages found in the wine regions of France, Spain, and Italy, our founders were inspired to recreate their experiences in the Temecula Valley for others to enjoy. They envisioned a village of wineries offering exquisite wines created in the European styles they loved so much. With the opening of Europa Village in 2011, visitors began to experience some of the splendor of the European countryside.
The desire to create a realistic European experience in Southern California recently came full circle when Europa Village hosted 43 MBA exchange students from Paris, France as part of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, a public institution of the French Government in the scientific, cultural and professional fields with the status of “Grand Etablissement” or “Elite School.” Many of the students are studying for master’s degrees in technology, finance, marketing and design. The tour was part of a three week summer exchange course in entrepreneurship hosted by California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB).
The school’s selection of Europa Village as a unique expression of how an entrepreneur’s dream can come to fruition and is a testimony to how Europa Village has become one of the most distinctive wine tasting destinations in the region — known for its luscious wines, captivating setting and gracious hospitality.
The students enjoyed a 90-minute tour with John Goldsmith, General Manager of Europa Village, which included a hands-on demonstration of the wine production facility in Temecula, where they learned the key points of winemaking from grape selection, to harvest,the crush process, fermenting and bottling.
While at the facility, the students enjoyed a tasting of Muscat Canelli straight from the cooling tank.
After the tour, the students enjoyed lunch at the winery, tasted more Europa Village wines and learned about the expansion currently underway.
Many of the students were interested in learning more about the wine making process. One of the students was Youngkyun Park from Korea. Park is studying business at Seoul Cyber University Park and enjoyed tasting the wine and the helpful staff.
“As a restaurant manager, I am very interested in tasting quality wines. The samples tasted good and the staff were very knowledgeable and kind! They shared their own experiences too which was very helpful to me. The most impressive experience was to see the wine making process. In Korea, I would have no chance to see that. Visiting Europa Village was very helpful in my studies and I will remember this experience,” said Park.
The tour was coordinated by Celeste Ducharme, Rancon Ambassador at the Rancon Group, Inc., and Michelle Skiljan, Executive Director of Inland Empire Women’s Business Center and the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center and also involved in the programs of Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship, Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, California State University San Bernardino.