Workshop dates: 5, 12 May
Educator: Justin Chen, Italian Wine Ambassador, Certified WSET & Italian Wine Educator
Native grape varieties are the key to understand the styles of Italian wines. Based on Italian Wine Maestro program by Vinitaly International Academy, the “Native Grapes Study” series will present the major varieties with a systematic approach.
Tuscany is undoubtedly the most well known region of Italy, but Central Italy has much more to offer: Abruzzo and its noble variety Montepulciano, Lazio and their white varieties, Marche and its Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, wide array of native grapes in Emilia Romagna and Umbria, etc. The 2 day x 3 hours will certainly be helpful to improve your knowledge about these regions and their native grapes, which are keys to truly understand about Italian wines.
This program aims to develop a group of highly knowledgeable and skilled specialists who are able to speak and write about Italian wines with authority and will be credible representatives of Vinitaly International Academy. Students may include but are not limited to, Italian wine lovers, sommeliers, trade professionals, wine buyers, educators and wine writers.
As the complementary base course to VIA’s education system, Italian Wine Maestro is not only the foundation course to the higher-level Italian Wine Ambassador qualification but also resonates with the continuous contribution from the evolving VIA world community. Ultimately, the VIA qualifications aim to be the gold standard of Italian Wine Education, under the guidance of its founder Stevie Kim, VIA Chief scientist Prof. Attilio Scienza and supported by the Institutional Advisory board members.
After completing all the 3 series, you can also apply for the Italian Wine Maestro examination.