WSET Diploma in Wines - Central Europe
The WSET Diploma in Wines is a globally recognized professional qualification in the international wine trade and also recommended by the Institute of Masters of Wine for proceeding to the MW study programme. The syllabus covers the 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. Since 1993, the Austrian Wine Academy has been a partner of WSET and has been offering Diploma courses in Rust.
The Austrian Wine Academy – a not for profit organisation – was founded in 1991 and has acquired the formidable status of being the largest wine educational institution in Europe, with more than 15,000 wine enthusiasts attending seminars annually. In addition to courses offered in Austria, Wine Academy runs Diploma course centres in Germany (Campus Geisenheim), Switzerland (Campus Wädenswil), Italy (Florence) as well as in Südtirol/Alto Adige. Furthermore a range of bursaries is available to Diploma students to help to co-finance study costs.
This English language Central European Diploma programme is special in many respects. There will be an additional emphasis on the Central European wine regions through in-depth lectures and visit programmes to different Austrian wine growing areas. It offers a unique opportunity to participants to combine learning about international wines with practical first hand experience in viticulture and wine-making and all of this in the unique and picturesque environment of the Academy’s training centre in Rust in the Burgenland wine region.
Another difference to WSET Diploma courses in other countries is the fact that the graduates of this Diploma course may be directly 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 graduates from 45 different countries.