WSET Diploma in Wines - International

The WSET Diploma in Wines is a globally recognized professional qualification in the international wine trade and a recommended preparation for entrance in the Masters of Wine (MW) study programme. The syllabus covers most wine countries of the world and the most important wines. This qualification offered by the British Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is established in more than 20 countries from - London to New York, from Oslo to Tokyo.

This particular WSET Diploma International of Austrian Wine Academy is special in many respects. There will be an emphasis on the Austrian and Italian wine regions through study trips to different wine growing regions. It offers a unique opportunity for participants to combine learning about international wines with practical first-hand experience in viticulture and winemaking. The programme takes place in the unique and picturesque environment of the Austrian Wine Academy’s campus in Rust in the Burgenland wine region and in the heart of Tuscany in Florence.

Another difference to WSET Diploma courses in other countries is the fact that the graduates of this course will be awarded the prestigious title “Weinakademiker”. Upon completion of a thesis and a viva-voce exam, successful graduates are requested to sign a code of conduct and join the international Weinakademiker alumni association with more than 1000 members from 53 different countries.

The first course session in May 2025 will take place at Weinakademie Österreich campus in Rust. Rust is a small, world-famous wine town with a long history. Weinakademie Österreich is located in the romantic setting of the historic Seehof in the city-centre of Rust surrounded by renowned wineries. One full-day study trip to wine regions of Austria and evening events are part of this course session.

The course days of the second session in October 2025 will also be held at Weinakademie Campus in Rust. The course will be followed by an optional visit to the Palais Coburg in Vienna, home of one of the best wine cellars in the world. This course session is also surrounded by visiting programmes and tastings as well as the annual Weinakademiker graduation ceremony.

Finally, students will attend the third session in Florence in April 2026. Late afternoons and evenings will be open to students to explore Florence and Tuscan food and wine. Study trips will take students also to other Italian wine regions.

ALL study trips are included in the course fee.

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