Alumni Tale: Mikaela DiGesu ’15

What did you study at UNH?

Dual Major in Economics and EcoGastronomy (a collaboration with the University of New Hampshire’s College of Life Sciences and AgriculturePeter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and the Sustainability Institute)

What are some of your strongest memories of UNH (such as professors or classes, friends, events, athletics or student activities)?

My strongest memories of UNH all center around the community UNH creates! Whether through the EcoGastronomy program, Williamson Hall, or student activities such as Slow Food UNH and the UNH Organic Garden Club, I have created life long connections and friendships through UNH’s strong community. Now, living in Portland, Oregon, I hope to connect more Wildcats in the Pacific Northwest through creating an official Pacific NW – UNH Alumni Wildcat Community.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

The connections and education I received at UNH are why I am where I am today. UNH has innovative and unique programs that allow students to explore their passions and make real-world connections. EcoGastronomy led me into an interest in food systems and farming, which led me to Italy for study abroad, which led me to my passion for the wine industry! I would not be on the career path I am on today if it wasn’t for UNH.

Tell us about your career path to date… what have been some career milestones in your life?

I started off working at a small vineyard in New Hampshire called Jewell Towne Vineyards. While there, I got more serious about my wine education and enrolled in the Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses. After passing my second level, I began working in wine distribution in New Hampshire’s Seacoast. A huge milestone for me after a few years in distribution was being offered a position working for Domaine Bousquet winery as their Northeast Sales Associate, where I managed distribution for Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This leads me to my most current position, where I am a District Manager in Oregon and Washington for Fetzer Vineyards. Fetzer is the largest winery that is a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) and is a leader in sustainability in the wine industry. I am currently enrolled in my Diploma program through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and hope to continue my wine education.