The Spero Vineyards Viticulture Vocational Training program is dedicated to providing opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities. Spero is a unique public-private partnership between project organizers Mark & Eva Woodsmall and the City of Temecula Global Citizens Initiative. Currently, the project has 1380 vines under cultivation and there are plans to expand the vineyard by an additional 2,000 vines.
Student participants in the project will receive instruction in the history/culture, science, hospitality, business/marketing, and agricultural aspects of the winemaking business. Students will be afforded the opportunity to earn a customer service certification and a food handler’s license. Students will be trained in essential skill areas that will position them to apply for and secure employment in a mainstream work environment. Each class session will be interactive and hands on to stimulate and engage students. The project is in its second cohort with more than 22 students trained or in training. The project aims to expand the program to serve up to 200 participants annually in the next five years.