The Austrian Wine Academy, the largest wines school on the European continent and a subsidiary of Austrian Wine proudly hosted for the 9th consecutive year the European Master of Wine study course and students from 18 different countries at its Rust Campus in mid-January. Winter Pruning sessions , tastings and workshops on botrytis wine production with leading producers were highlights of the one-week program.
This course usually marks the start of the Academy´s annual program of leading international wine courses such as the WSET Central European Diploma which will commence in Rust on May 9 2012.
This Diploma program is quite unique. 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. Individual course days will also be held in Hungary and study trips will take international Diploma students to areas such as Tokay or Sopron. In Austria workshops and study trips will focus on international varieties in areas such as Wachau and Kamptal or in Styria, but also on indigenous red wines and noble sweet wines in Burgenland. In the wine cellars of Palais Coburg in Vienna – one of the finest wine cellar in the world - students will be introduced by Masters of Wine to the finest rare auction wines from prestigious chateaux.
Students without a recognized WSET Diploma entry qualification may wish to attend the spring Advanced course – wines and spirits international in Rust commencing on March 27 2012.
A new highlight in the international wine education calendar is the Fine and Rare Wine Specialist course from June 28 to July 4 2012 at Palais Coburg in Vienna. For this project the Austrian Wine Academy headed by Dr. Josef Schuller MW and Hotel Residenz Palais Coburg, represented by Frank Smulders MW, have joined forces. During one week, wine-lovers, collectors and sommeliers from around the world will receive an in-depth education on the subject of the world’s finest wines. How they are made, how they age and how they should be handled. Speakers include Serena Sutcliff from Sotheby´s, Lynne Sherriff MW Chairman Institute of Masters of Wine, Anthony Hanson MW from Christie´s, world champion master sommelier Gerard Basset MW, Guy de Rivoire from Champagne Bollinger, Jean Garandeau from Chateau Latour and Willi Klinger from Austrian Wine.