Course information

The course will start with the first block sessions for Unit 1 and 2 in September and November 2018 at the Campus of Geisenheim University, the leading university in the area of viticulture and vinification. The September session will include a study trip to wine regions of Germany as well as a regional VDP tasting.

During the November session in the Rheingau the first exam (Unit 2) will take place and Diploma students have the opportunity to visit other Rheingau wineries and attend the annual Weinakademiker graduation ceremony at Schloss Vollrads.

These sessions are followed by Unit 3 in spring 2019, where students have the possibility to explore the wines and wine regions of Austria, Alto Adige and Switzerland. The first block session of Unit 3 takes place in the unique and picturesque environment of Austrian Wine Academy’s campus in Rust surrounded by renowned wineries. A study trip will focus on international and indigenous varieties as well as noble sweet wines in the manifold wine growing regions of Austria.

The second block session of Unit 3 is held at the Kloster Neustift in Brixen, surrounded by vineyards, the mountains and a great monasterial ambience. On a study trip Diploma students will also get to know the different wine styles of Alto Adige, from fresh Alpine white wines in the north to fruity and elegant red wines in the south.

The third Unit 3 block session takes place at the Zurich University, Campus Wädenswil close to Zurich located at the lake of Zurich. This session will also include a visting programme and guided tastings. During this block session also the Swiss annual Weinakademiker graduation ceremony takes place at Schloss Au, which gives students another good opportunity to network with Swiss Diploma colleagues and Weinakademiker.

The final courses Unit 4 – 7 will be held in autumn 2019 at the Geisenheim University resp. at the Austrian Wine Academy’s campus in Rust.

The wine study trips and tastings are included in the course fee, accommodation is not included.

Course dates 2018/19

Course place
Geisenheim University, Von-Lade-Strasse 1, D 65366 Geisenheim
Weinakademie Österreich, Seehof, A 7071 Rust
Kloster Neustift, Stiftstrasse 1, I 39040 Neustift/Brixen
Zurich University, Campus Wädenswil, Grüental, CH 8820 Wädenswil

Course fee
The course fee for Units 1 and 2 is EUR 1520.-, for Unit 3 EUR 2600.- and for Units 4, 5, 6 and 7 EUR 1930.- (total EUR 6050.- ). If you register for Unit 1-3 for EUR 4050.- and afterwards for Units 4-7 for EUR 1930.- the total course fee comes to EUR 5980.-. By booking Units 1-7 the course fee accounts for EUR 5900.-.

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Registration deadline
Friday, 27 July 2018

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