(27/07/2022 - 29/07/2022) - VIA Hong Kong Agile Edition
The Vinitaly International Academy certification course is recognised as the gold standard of Italian wine education. The VIA community comprises over 1,000 candidates, of whom 290 have achieved the title of Italian Wine Ambassador and 15 of those qualified as Italian Wine Experts. There are currently 18 IWAs in Hong Kong. Students who take the VIA course come from every aspect of the wine sector, including educators, journalists, importers, hospitality, retailers, and beyond.
On July 27-29, VIA will head to Asia, with the course held in Hong Kong, and to Europe, with the course held in London and Austria. VIA Faculty member Sarah Heller MW will teach the class live from London, with contemporaneous links to the two satellite locations. The internationally respected course is now in its 24th edition, having successfully pivoted to an agile format during the first wave of COVID lockdowns in early 2020. Since then, the course has continued to develop and adapt, with more international venues planned for the future.
The course is now divided into two sections, the first of which involves access to a student only learning platform with instructional videos created by VIA Faculty Henry Davar IWE and Sarah Heller MW. The second section, in person, is firmly focused on the tasting aspect of the course and master classes covering particular soils, climates, grapes, regions and denominations. All elements of the course are carefully curated by the VIA Faculty team, assisted and advised by scientific advisor Professor Attilio Scienza. The ethos behind the course is a sound scientific focus on the native grapes of Italy and on the characteristics of the 20 regions' biodiversity, history, culture, and business.