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Symington Family Estates’ School of Port launches in Hong Kong

Operated in tandem with leading local wine school AWSEC, the introductory course to Port will be available to Hong Kong residents from October.

Symington family estates launch school of port

Co-curated by AWSEC and Symington Family Estates, the inaugural course, named “AWSEC Port Essentials”, is an introductory, in-person course exploring the wonders of Port wines from the Douro region of Portugal.

During the four-hour course, students will learn key topics about Port, including its history, terroir, sustainable initiatives, ageing process, service, cocktails, food pairings and more. Pupils will also be guided through a systematic tasting and evaluation of Port of various styles.

Following the completion of a 30 minute closed-book test, an AWSEC School of Port Certificate will be issued to successful participants who reach a 70% score or above.

Designed for both wine lovers and trade professionals, no prerequisite is required but some basic wine knowledge is recommended. The course is divided into four key chapters – Introduction & History, The Terroir of Port Wine, Ageing & Port Styles and Port Wine Appreciation.

The first “AWSEC Port Essentials” course will be held on Saturday 15 October 2022 from 1pm-6pm at AWSEC Sheung Wan Centre, priced from $2,780 per person.

Launched in 2020, the School of Port concept was developed by Symington Family Estates during the Coronavirus lockdown as a way of continuing training sessions which had previously taken place off-line. When it first launched, the course was delivered in online format with a series of digital workshops and online video courses.

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