The gift will establish the Grace and Ken Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield and support an endowed faculty position, the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, as well as the design and construction of the Evenstad Wine Laboratory as part of a new science building under development on the college's McMinnville campus. The new center will offer a Wine Studies degree that incorporates the historical, geographical, and environmental aspects of viticulture as well as the making, bottling, and selling of wine.
Grace and Ken Evenstad founded Domaine Serene in the Dundee Hills of Oregon in 1989.
Linfield currently offers a wine studies minor that can be paired with other academic programs and is in the process of developing a standalone oenology major. The school also offers wine management and wine marketing certificates online, a wine lecture series, and a summer Wine Industry Immersion Program and hosts one of the world's premier wine events — the International Pinot Noir Celebration — each summer.
"This tremendous gift is not only a boon to Linfield College, it's a major investment in the future of wine education in our state," said Linfield College president Thomas L. Hellie. "We are deeply grateful to Grace and Ken for this important gift — and we're proud of their faith in Linfield's wine education program."