25 Aug, 1, 8, 15, 29 Sep, 6, 13, 20 Oct (Wed)
No class on 22 Sep (Mid-autumn Festival)
This course introduces students to the wealth of Italian native grape varieties that are fundamental to understanding Italy’s complex and fascinating wines.
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.
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.
S1: Introduction, Grape Groups and Families & Focus on Italian Sparkling Wine
S2: Piemont’s Native Grapes
S3: Native Grapes of Veneto & Valle d’Aosta
S4: Native Grapes of Friuli-Venezia Giulia & Trentino-Alto Adige
S5: Native Grapes of Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany & Umbria
S6: Native Grapes of Le Marche, Molise, Abruzzo & Puglia
S7: Native Grapes of Lazio, Campania, Basilicata & Calabria
S8: Native Grapes of Sicily & Sardegna
* Average 3 hours per session, including theory and tasting. (for intensive classes, 2 sessions will be covered per day)
Unit One (1 hour): Written exam
50 Multiple Choice
Unit Two (20 minutes): Tasting exam
One white and one red
Passing grade: 65%
(A number of outstanding students from the VIA Maestro course may be eligible for direct entry to the VIA Ambassador Certification course.)