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Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) – Italian Wine Maestro Certification Course

What is the Italian Wine Maestro Certification Course?

MWM Wine School is pleased to launch the Italian Wine Maestro course of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) certification study program. 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.

The purpose of VIA Program?

There are currently three levels of certification available through the VIA program: Italian Wine Maestro, Italian Wine Ambassador and Italian Wine Expert, the latter being VIA’s highest qualification level.

The goal of the VIA certifications is to develop a cadre of enthusiasts who are highly knowledgeable about Italian wine, can speak and write about Italian wine with authority, and will be credible representatives of the Vinitaly International Academy. Students who successfully pass this course and wish to further their study may apply to enrol in the rigorous VIA study program held annually in Verona and abroad (including Hong Kong), wherein students pursue either the Ambassador or Expert credentials.

Who is this program for?

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.

Learning Outcomes

Outcome One: The theory of Italian wine and native wine grapes

1) Understand and explain the history, geography, wine laws and labelling of Italian wines and styles.

2) Describe and understand the key factors that influence the characteristics and differences between Italian native grape varieties.

3) Describe and understand the key production factors that influence the characteristics and differences between Regional Italian wine styles, including sparkling, dry, fortified & sweet wines.

4) Be able to provide accurate, authentic and credible information and advice on Italian wines.

Outcome Two: The analytical tasting of Italian wine

  • Identify and assess the characteristics & quality of Italian wines and styles correctly.

Examination

Unit One (1 hour): Written exam

50 Questions

Unit Two (20 minutes): Tasting exam

One white and one red

Passing grade: 75%

(A number of outstanding students from the VIA Maestro course may be eligible for direct entry to the VIA Ambassador Certification course.)

Course Structure

24 tutoring hours

Prerequisite

Ideally, students should come to the course with a basic understanding of viticulture and winemaking techniques, as this will not be covered in the scope of this course, and that knowledge is required in order to fully grasp the concepts covered in the VIA course. Prior wine education such as WSET level 2/CSW/ISG level 1/or the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Level certification may be helpful but are not considered as compulsory.

All applicants must be over 18+

Course date:

Course Date Time Fee
Regular
(English)
[Thursday]
18 Jun – 6 Aug
19:30 – 22:30 HK$8,000

The course will be conducted on consecutive Thursdays starting on 18th of June, except 25th of June (Dragon Boat Festival); it will take place on 24th of June (Wednesday) instead.


Examination will be conducted on a separate date.

 

Course Fee: Early-bird offer is now available! You may register for the course for $6,800 only during May 8 – 22.

The Course Book will be delivered in electronic format due to current logistic limitations. Shipments from abroad are affected.  

 

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$8,000.00$9,600.00
Whisky Ambassador

Whisky Ambassador is now Live!

You will be delivered a comprehensive package of class materials, including course book, one Glencairn glass, six tasting samples, barley and peat samples. The course will be delivered via Zoom (protected by a log-in password) by Eddie Nara, an Approved Trainer of the WA program and an acclaimed whisky expert in Hong Kong.

A refresher session prior to the examination of 45 minutes will be conducted on a separate date.

What is the Whisky Ambassador Programme?

The programme is designed for both those in the licensed trade and others with an interest in learning more about Scotland in a Glass®.Businesses that have reported increased sales from staff taking the Whisky Ambassador are Radisson Blu Glasgow and Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. Gleneagles Hotel includes the Whisky Ambassador course in its regular training schedule as they recognise the value of having staff with knowledge and confidence around whisky.

Since its strong start back in 2012, the Whisky Ambassador has gone from strength to strength, and we now licence trainers across 22 countries on 4 continents. Rather than focusing inwardly on Scotland, the Whisky Ambassador seeks to promote and further the already strong international reputation of Scotch whisky, expanding and sharing ours and whisky’s rich cultural history for others to enjoy. For those outside the licensed trade with an interest in whisky, they’ll find more than enough in our day-long course to further their knowledge and increase their enjoyment of ‘Scotland in a glass’®.

At the end of the course there is a 30 question multiple choice exam and a practical tasting test.

 

The Whisky Ambassador course covers:

  • Whisky by numbers
  • The basics – history, geography, production
  • Glassware, presentation and sales
  • Nosing and tasting
  • Drink less. Drink better
  • Mixers and cocktails
  • Other world whiskies

What can it achieve for your premises?

  • Uplift in sales (64% increase in whisky sales reported)
  • Increased profitability
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Better staff motivation

The Whisky Ambassador programme is a day-long, Industry-standard qualification, meaning that when delegates pass our exam, they are able to display the prestigious ‘The Whisky Ambassador’ BIIAB accredited certificate on their bar wall. Each delegate will also receive their unique lapel pin badge identifying them as a whisky ambassador.

Prerequisite

All applicants must be over 18+

Course Structure

5 tutoring hours

Examination

30 multiple-choice questions (45 minutes, 70% passing grade)

Course date:

Course Date Time Fee
Live
(English)
[Sunday]
31 May
(A refresher session will be scheduled after online session completed)
10:00 – 14:00 HK$5,800

 

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$5,800.00
Wine Explorer Series Box Set

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Hunkering down? Good on you. You deserve wine – lots of it! Curated by Debra Meiburg MW, our “Wine Explorer Series” box set is the ultimate isolation pack. Complete with 9 bottles of wine from iconic wine regions, the award-winning “Tasting Wine with Debra” tactile tasting book, two wine glasses and a set of quiz cards to really up your wine IQ. Start your wine learning journey now!

“Wine Explorer Series” box set is inclusive of
9 bottles of wine
1 set of Grape Cues 100s: Australia & New Zealand
1 unit of Tasting Wine with Debra
2 wine glasses

Price: $1,088

Wine Selection:

Australia
Adelaide Hills – Chardonnay
South Australia – Chardonnay
Barossa – Shiraz
Coonawarra – Cabernet Sauvignon
Yarra Valley / Adelaide Hills – Pinot Noir
Hunter Valley – Semillon

New Zealand
Marlborough / Central Otago – Pinot Noir
Marlborough – Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough – Chardonnay

 


IMPORTANT NOTICE:

It is illegal to sell alcohol to people under the age of 18. By placing an order, you must confirm that you are 18 years old or above. You must ensure that no other person except yourself shall use your login to purchase alcohol products and a person aged 18 or above (identification required) must be present to take delivery, otherwise delivery shall be withdrawn and attempted at another time to be agreed between you and us.

Delivery service

  • Enjoy free delivery service upon purchase of HK$1,000 or above. For purchase amount below HK$1,000, a delivery charge of HK$100 shall apply.
  • Delivery service is only available in Hong Kong, at addresses located in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories, Tung Chung, Discovery Bay and Ma Wan. This service is available between Monday and Friday (excluding public holidays).
  • For successful orders placed between 9am to 5pm between Monday and Friday (excluding public holidays), we will communicate with you about the delivery time. The estimated time for delivery to your specified billing address will be on the following business day (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays). For orders placed after 5pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or any public holiday, the earliest estimated delivery date will be the day following the next business day.
  • Delivery service is not available:
    • at non-permanent address, restricted areas, outlaying islands, hotel guest rooms, ports, marinas and warehouses;
    • at premises which are not accessible by elevator; and where there are no authorised or legitimate unloading area within 50 metres of the building of the delivery address.
  • In case where the deliveries are delayed due to hoisting of typhoon signal no. 8 or above or black rain storm signal, we will try our best to arrange the products to be delivered on the next day.
  • If you fail to receive your ordered products upon the first delivery appointment or you give us inaccurate information on your address, we reserve the right to charge you an additional delivery fee for subsequent delivery(es).
  • All expected delivery dates and time are estimates only. We shall not be liable for any loss or damage incurred or suffered by the customer as a result of any late delivery.
  • All alcoholic products shall not be refunded in any event.
  • In case of any dispute, our determination shall be final.
$1,088.00
Wine Gift Bags

What all the stylish bottles are wearing this season, in blue. Sold in packs of 3, 5 and 10.

$152.00$405.00
WSET Level 1

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If you like wines but you don’t have a chance to really understand what it is. WSET Level 1 is for you! Level 1 will answer these questions you may have:

  • Why wines are wines? (How wine is made and main types of wine)
  • Why a wine is different from the others? (Style of wines and what make a wine different)
  • How to say why I like this wine? (Systematic approach to wine tasting)
  • What wines to open during meals? (Basic principles of food and wine pairing)
  • Having wines at home? (Wine storage tips and wine serving techniques)

In 6 hours only, our wine teachers will bring your wine knowledge to a pro level, with an internationally recognised certificate.

Examination

45 minutes
30 multiple-choice questions
70% passing grade

Course Structure

6 tutoring hours

Prerequisite

No previous knowledge required
Examination applications must be over 18+

Course date

Course Date Time Fee
 Intensive
(English)
[Saturday]
13 Jun (includes exam)
12:00-18:45 HK $2,000

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$2,000.00
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

MWM Wine School has joined forces with Sake Central to hold WSET Level 1 Award In Sake, taught by Sake Samurai Elliot Faber, co-founder of Sake Central. If you want to dip your toes in and taste, learn and explore the world of sake, then WSET Level 1 Award in Sake is the course for you! 

Level 1 Course covers:

  • Taste and appreciate sake
  • Explore the different styles of sake
  • Discover how is sake produced
  • Understand the main categories and grades of sake
  • Learn how to properly serve and store sake
  • Discover food and sake paring tips and ideas

In 6 hours only, our expert educator will bring boost your sake knowledge to a pro level, with an internationally recognised certificate.

Examination

45 minutes
30 multiple-choice questions
70% passing grade

Course Structure

6 tutoring hours

Prerequisite

No previous knowledge required
All applicants must be over 18+

Course date

Course Date Time Fee
Intensive
(English)
(Sunday)
8 Mar (Include Exam)
12:00 – 18:45 HK$2,500

 

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Regarding to the 14-working days for the exam registration, students who register the intensive course within 14 days might need to reschedule the exam. Kindly email us for more details.

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$2,500.00$3,300.00
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WSET Level 1 Award in Wine

If you like wines but you don’t have a chance to really understand what it is. WSET Level 1 is for you! Level 1 will answer these questions you may have:

  • Why wines are wines? (How wine is made and main types of wine)
  • Why a wine is different from the others? (Style of wines and what make a wine different)
  • How to say why I like this wine? (Systematic approach to wine tasting)
  • What wines to open during meals? (Basic principles of food and wine pairing)
  • Having wines at home? (Wine storage tips and wine serving techniques)

In 6 hours only, our wine teachers will bring your wine knowledge to a pro level, with an internationally recognised certificate.

Examination

45 minutes
30 multiple-choice questions
70% passing grade

Course Structure

6 tutoring hours

Course Date

Course Date Time Fee
 Intensive
(English)
[Saturday]
7 Mar (includes exam)
12:00-18:45 HK $2,000

 

Prerequisite

No previous knowledge required
All applicants must be over 18+

Can’t find a course that fits your schedule? Let us know your preference!


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Regarding to the 14-working days for the exam registration, students who register the intensive course within 14 days might need to reschedule the exam. Kindly email us for more details.

Please make sure you have noted, understood and agreed the contents of terms and conditions.

$2,000.00$2,800.00
WSET Level 2

Want to be able to taste, enjoy, select, and assess wines with confidence and professionalism? Level 2 will answer these questions you may have:

  • Why wines are in different style and quality?

  • How to identify principle white and red grape varieties and styles?

  • What are the key wine producing countries and regions

  • Why sparkling wines sparkle?

  • How are sweet and fortified wines made?

  • What about spirits?

  • How to read wine labels?

In 18-hour fun but structured and comprehensive course, you will be able to acquire in-depth knowledge of wines and spirits and want to obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification.

Course Structure

18 tutoring hours

Examination

60 minutes
50 multiple-choice questions
55% passing grade

Prerequisite

No previous knowledge required, but completion of WSET Level 1 or equivalent recommended.
All applicants must be over 18+

 

 

Date Time Fee
Intensive
(English )
[Saturday] 17 Jul –
25 Jul
12:00 –
18:00
HK$8,00
12:00 –
18:00
HK$8,000

 

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine

Want to be able to taste, enjoy, select, and assess wines with confidence and professionalism? Level 2 will answer these questions you may have:

  • Why wines are in different style and quality?

  • How to identify principle white and red grape varieties and styles?

  • What are the key wine producing countries and regions

  • Why sparkling wines sparkle?

  • How are sweet and fortified wines made?

  • How to read wine labels?

In 18-hour fun but structured and comprehensive course, you will be able to acquire in-depth knowledge of wines and spirits and want to obtain an internationally recognised wine qualification.

Course Structure

18 tutoring hours

Examination

60 minutes
50 multiple-choice questions
55% passing grade

Prerequisite

No previous knowledge required, but completion of WSET Level 1 or equivalent recommended.
All applicants must be over 18+

Course date

Course Date Time Fee
Intensive
(English)
(Saturday)
Jul 11, 18 and 25
12:00 – 18:00 HK$8,000

 

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$8,000.00
WSET Level 3

  • How principal natural and human factors in the vineyard and winery can influence the style, quality, and price of wines

  • Characteristics of key wine producing regions of the world

  • Characteristics of sparkling wines of the world

  • Characteristics of fortified wines

  • Ability to provide information and advice to customers and staff members about wines

Prerequisite

Completion of WSET Level 2 or equivalent recommended
All applicants must be over 18+

Course Structure

45 tutoring hours

Examination

Unit One (2 hours): Theory Examination

  • 50 multiple-choice questions (part 1)
  • 4 short written answers worth 25 points each (part 2)

Unit Two (30 minutes): Tasting Examination

  • Blind tasting of two wines
  • 55% passing grade for all papers and units of the examination

Course date

Course Date Time Fee
Regular
(English)
TBC TBC TBC
Intensive
(English)
(Sunday)
*May 31 to Jul 12
9:30 to 18:00 HK$15,000

*There will be no class on Jun 21, Father’s Day.

 

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$15,000.00
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WSET LEVEL 3 AWARD IN SAKE

MWM Wine School has joined forces with Sake Central to hold WSET Level 3 Award In Sake – taught by Sake Samurai Elliot Faber, co-founder of Sake Central. If you want to be able to taste, select, assess and enjoy Sake with confidence and professionalism, WSET Level 3 Award in Sake is for you!

Level 3 will answer cover these advanced topics and areas of learning:

  • Reading sake labels, Kanji and a review of the sake brewing process
  • Expert guide to sake tasting
  • Understand rice growing, steaming and other fundamental production concepts
  • Learn about making Koji, water and yeast
  • Understand the full fermentation process
  • Explore regionality, various sake styles and speciality styles
  • Study jozo alcohol and filtration
  • Understand the business of sake – sake trade organisations, sales and exports

This in-depth 18-hour course is both fun and structured, offering comprehensive sake education and practical training. You’ll acquire in-depth knowledge of sake and an internationally recognised sake qualification.

Course Structure

18 tutoring hours + Online Study

Examination

Unit One (1 Hour 45 Minutes ): Theory Examination

  • 50 multiple-choice questions (part 1)
  • 3 short written answers worth 25 points each (part 2)

Unit Two (30 minutes): Tasting Examination

  • Blind tasting of two sakes

55% passing grade for all papers and units of the examination

Course Fee: HK$6,900

Prerequisite

Completion of WSET Level 1 Award in Sake or equivalent recommended

All applicants must be over 18+

Course date:

Course Date Time Fee
Intensive
(English)
[Sunday]
15 Mar – 29 May
12:00 – 18:00 HK$6,900

 

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$6,900.00$7,700.00
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WSET package L1+L2

Package offer: Enjoy Level 1 (original price $2,000) and Level 2 (original price $9000) with a Free Grape Cues 100s (original price $180) To save $1,180!

LEVEL1 COURSE DATE

LEVEL2 COURSE DATE

 

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$9,000.00$9,240.00