The Fauquier Winery Innovation Trip

August 11 - 18

Join us for a trip to Fauquier County where you'll work on teams to identify ways that local wineries can improve their operations. Meet industry professionals, work on coming up with a solution, prototype those solutions, and test them. All in a week.


About the trip

In an interdisciplinary team of students, you will be presented with real-world business challenges that local wineries face. Your team will identify objectives and requirements, identify and evaluate alternative solutions, and present recommendations to the leadership of the wineries. 

These solutions often involve developing proof-of-concept prototypes that gather, process, and analyze data. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn business, engineering, and design thinking concepts by applying them to specific situations.


What you will learn

The goal of the trip is to develop your ability to work with clients through using different methodologies of design and systems thinking.

By the end of the trip, you will be able to:

  • Identify the specific needs of your clients through a variety of methods such as interviews, root cause analysis, and direct observation.
  • Identify and develop solutions to your client's challenges that fit their specific needs and are sensitive to the specifics of the business' culture and practices.
  • Present the solutions to your clients

Cost of the trip

The trip costs $650, included in this cost is:

  • Lodging for the week
  • Tuition
  • Transportation during the trip 
  • Nightly Dinner

 Transportation to and from Fauquier County and other meals are not included.

We offer full financial aid for those with demonstrated need, so don't let cost be a barrier!


Tentative Schedule

The Fauquier Wine community puts a premium on seizing opportunity and adaptation. They expect the same from us! The week will be busy but it will be an incredibly rewarding experience.


Saturday, Aug 11th

Students arrive at housing

SUnday, Aug 12th

Overview of Design Thinking + Sprint Methodologies
Project Pre-work

MOndAY, Aug 13th

Winery Tours
Team Project Work 

TUESDAY, Aug 14th

Solution Brainstorming with Industry Experts
Team Project Work
Completion of Solution Iteration #1


Mid-week presentations
Feedback Sessions
Team Project Session

THURSDAY, Aug 16th

Winery Tours
Team Project Work

FRIDAY, Aug 17th

Team Solutions Presentations
Fauquier Community Mixer

FRIDAY, Aug 18th

Team Solutions Presentations


Trip Leaders


Rachel Wiener

Rachel is a 2018 McIntire alum who will be joining Deloitte full-time in the Fall. She was a IT and Marketing concentrator and has completed innovation consulting work with world recognized wineries in Argentina.


Andy Page

Andy is a 2018 McIntire alum who is one of the co-founders of Radify. He was a IT and Marketing concentrator and has leads teams of developers and designers for Blackstone's Innovation team to build new software products.


Confirmed Partner Wineries 

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Before Brian and Sharon even started designing a winery, they talked about what they wanted to achieve. "We didn't want to just sell wine,” Brian said. “We wanted to create a place of community."

As that community has grown and developed since Barrel Oak Winery (BOW) opened near Delaplane in 2008, it welcomed, among others, parents with children, people with dogs, hiking groups fresh off the trail, bikers, foreign dignitaries, and Washington’s elite with a warm handshake and a smile. The positive atmosphere at Barrel Oak has not gone unnoticed, including being recognized as the #1 Family Friendly Winery in the World (Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2012).

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