Course information

The first block session of the WSET Diploma in Wines International at Weinakademie Österreich in Rust will take place from Wednesday 8 May to Friday 17 May 2019. This session will include study trips to Austrian wine regions that focus on international varieties in Wachau and Kamptal and on indigenous red wines and noble sweet wines in Burgenland. May 13 is the first exam day for Unit 2 (wine production).

The second block session (Thursday 24 October to Wednesday 30 October 2019) will start in Rust again. Course days of this session will also be held at Palais Coburg in Vienna. This second session also includes a one-day visiting programme and guided tastings will be another highlight. Furthermore Diploma students will have the opportunity to attend the annual Weinakademiker graduation ceremony at Esterházy Palace. October 28 is exam day and students may choose to sit Unit 1 (closed-book exam), Unit 5 and/or Unit 6 exams.

Istituto Grandi Marchi (IGM) will support the Italian Diploma session, which will be held at Palazzo Antinori in Florence, from Thursday 26 March to Friday 3 April 2020. During the Diploma block in Florence students will have the opportunity to taste wines from all members of Istituto Grandi Marchi. They will be invited to Antinori´s new spectacular winery in Bargino and other leading premium wineries in Tuscany. During these days, the group will go on a two-day study trip to visit other leading producers in various Italian wine regions. Finally students will be invited as VIP guests to attend OperaWine and Vinitaly 2020 in Verona.

ALL trips and tastings are included in the course fee, accommodation is not included.

Course dates 2019/20
AUSTRIA, Rust/Vienna &
ITALY, Florence

PLEASE NOTE: There will be changes of the WSET Diploma programme from 1 August 2019. Therefore Unit 4 - Spirits of the World will not be part of this qualification. Until 31 July 2019 the course and exams will run under the current system. From 1 August 2019 all students will be transferred to the new Diploma system. Further information about the changes students will receive in due course respectively during the course.

Course venues:
Weinakademie Österreich, Seehof, A 7071 Rust
Palais Coburg, Coburgbastei 4, A 1010 Wien
Palazzo Antinori, Piazza degli Antinori 3, I 50123 Florence

Course fee:
The course fee for Units 1 - 7 is EUR 6800.-. For payment by instalments the course fee for Units 1 - 7 amounts to EUR 6950.-: The first instalment (EUR 3200.-) ahead of the course start, the second (EUR 1875.-) ahead of the 2. Diploma session and the third (EUR 1875.-) ahead of the 3. Diploma session. Accomodation is not included in the course fee.

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Registration deadline:
Friday, 22 March 2019

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