Wine education in Asia “through the roof”

11th October, 2011 by Rupert Millar

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust has seen a 200% increase in its Hong Kong and China business over the last year and will open a dedicated office in the region within two years.

Speaking to the drinks business, Ian Harris, CEO of the WSET, said that the “Hong Kong and China business is going through the roof.”

Harris reported that the latest figures for the new academic year showed that in August and September 2011 the number of students in Hong Kong and China matched those in the UK with some 1,300 to 1,400 attendees.

Although the UK business is doing well, seeing a 12% increase last year, international business, up 40%, is thriving.

Harris explained that those signing up to the courses, as in the UK,….

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2 Responses to “Wine education in Asia “through the roof””

  1. Hello, I am wondering if you can help me.I have two Companies in Mumbai and Pune.we are talking to the Indian Army to supply our wines into 5 states and then expand over the next 3 years to the rest of India. The Procurment office has asked us to provide the Officers with an educational programme to teach then rhe basics about Spirits and wines and front of house serving. There are some 420 Military officers messes involved in due course. We are supported by the Hotel and catering college in Ahmadnaga whose students would also wish to make this a study..
    I would like a course study programme that would fit in with you to give the students a certification for their studies . I would be most obliged for your help in advising me on the course of action i should take. David Carr Taylor for Taylor& Shroff Ltd Tel 01424 752501

  2. john.johnstone says:

    The WSET offer a number of courses that would suit your needs.

    Level 2 are intermediate courses covering at least 18 hours of tutoring, suitable for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of wines and spirits.

    Level 3 is an advanced course covering at least 30 hours of tutoring, suitable for anyone wishing to gain in-depth knowledge of wines and spirits.

    Level 4 is a part-time 2 year course suitable for those either working in the trade or for the serious wine enthusiast wishing to build on their knowledge.

    I would think in most cases that the Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications would be the level of training required for the buyer and possibly steward in each mess.

    In the long term it may be beneficial for some members of staff from Ahmadnaga Catering College to plan to take the Level 4 qualification in order to be suitably qualified to teach, manage and deliver level 2 and 3 courses.

    I am a retired lecturer from Oxford, holding the Level 4 qualification with a Cert Ed and may be in a position to be able to assist with initail training.

    Shoul you wish any further details please contact me on 0033 54 522 49 05

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