There is a tremendous need for wine education in India but how many strong wine education options do we have? The earliest formal programme was probably the KBR School of Wine which runs courses in association with The Wine and Spirits Trust of London. Hotels, wine clubs and societies around the country frequently run courses of their own, some of which are very good although limited. But now there’s an international wine course option available in the heart of the Austrian wine region, which is head and shoulders above the rest, and for the first time the teaching medium is English.
In October 2010, the Austrian Wine Academy, which is the largest wine school in Europe, will launch its English language wine course on International Wines and Spirits. The residential format of the courses will allow wine students from around the world (including India of course!) to participate in the programme and, at the same time, experience Austria’s wine country and cuisine.
The Advanced Course – Wines and Spirits International is an internationally standardised qualification in the area of “global wines and spirits”. It covers the most important wine regions of the world, as well as all wine styles, including sparkling and fortified wines and incorporates a section on spirits. Students are taught to critically understand and evaluate international wines and spirits through the wine course. The level of this qualification is internationally defined and is recommended for all professional areas of the wine business: wine trade, gastronomy, wine management and wine production. It has been designed as a residential course and late afternoons and evenings are designated to workshops, visits to vineyards and wineries and educational tastings.
Successful graduates of this wine course may then move on to the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits, also an international trade qualification and known in Austria and associated centres as Weinakademiker. Since 1993, the Austrian Wine Academy has been a partner of the British Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and has been offering Diploma courses in German language in Rust. The very first Diploma course in the English language will commence in Rust on May 10th 2011.
Details of the course are as follows:
Advanced Course Fee, including lunches and all visits: EUR 1290.-
Autumn Date: 11-15th October and 11 – 14th November 2010, a total of 9 days
Spring Date: 14-18th March and 4-7th April 2011, a total of 9 days
To register and for more information, please contact Mag (FH) Irene Bachkönig, Seehof, A 7071 Rust; phone: 0043 (0) 2685 6853-15; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Austrian Wine Academy – a not for profit organisation – was founded 20 years ago and in that short time has acquired the formidable status of being the largest wine educational institution in Continental Europe, with approximately 20 000 wine enthusiasts attending seminars annually. In addition to courses offered in Austria, there are also centres in Germany (Campus Geisenheim), Switzerland (Campus Wädenswil) and Südtirol/Alto Adige, but to date the language medium has been only German.