Alumni Stories

David Danzinger '70 '73

Many times finding a job is about your relationships with people. Use the contacts you have and network with new people you meet to maximize your opportunities. - David Danzinger, 1970, Agriculture Education 

How did UW-River Falls prepare you for your current job?

As the general manager of a vineyard and winery, I interact with a lot of people, as my job requires a lot of personalization. It was the interaction with different people I met and talked with while in college that prepared me for what I do now. I was a dairy farmer for many years and after I retired 11 years ago, the vineyard was a hobby that's just gotten out of hand.

Involvement while at UW- River Falls:

I was involved in a number of professional agriculture related fraternities and organizations, including: Delta Theta Sigma, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Tau Alpha and Tri Beta. Additionally, I served as officer at the Newman Center, a Catholic Ministry on campus.

Internships and work after UWRF:

USDA Soil Conservation Service

Served in the United States Army for two years, 1970-72

UWRF Alumnus David Danzinger

Brothers David and Melvin Danzinger, David (left) is the General Manager of Danzinger Vineyards   

Additional Education:

1972-1973 MS in Agriculture Education

Farm Management classes at Texas A&M in 2001

Attends several lots winery and vineyard management seminars annually

Awards or Recognitions:

Mississippi Mist wine was named best wine at Wisconsin State Fair in 2012

Named Winery of the Year in 2013 by Wisconsin Grape Growers

Won best fruit wine in the state of Wisconsin in 2014 

Current involvement outside of work:

Township Chairman

County Board Supervisor

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