Featured on ProWine Asia 2017's exciting 4-day programme is a series of masterclasses and tastings by WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust), who have been proactively expanded their education and qualification services across Asia.
In late 2016, WSET launched its first international office in Hong Kong, often touted as the wine-trading hub of Southeast Asia, in order to best support the region's demand for wine education. The organisation is now expanding its services to Vietnam, purposed to cater to wines and spirits professionals in the fast-evolving markets of Southeast Asia. In February of 2017, WSET approved CHM (CitySmart Hotel Management) as the first Approved Programme Provider to offer its wine courses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. support the organisations’ network of course providers as well as community growth.
CHM will provide WSET Level 1 and Level 2 courses offering hands-on primers aimed at educating novices through interactive and comfortable settings and covering up to intermediate curriculums which explore major grape varieties and their associations with different styles of wines, renowned wine regions, terminology and classifying major categories of wines and spirits.
WSET’s first international office in Hong Kong
In late 2016,Chief Executive Ian Harrisexpressed that the trust has provided WSET qualifications via Hong Kong since the early 2000's facilitating their successful expansion into mainland China in following years, stating that“the expansion into, and across mainland China over the past ten years has been phenomenal. The decision to open an administrative office in Hong Kong was taken last year, as it will enable us to better serve the community across Asia.”
When asked about choosing Hong Kong as the first international office outside UK, Harris states,"it will enable us to better serve the community across Asia. There is a new wave of younger millennials in China, and across Asia, who are interested in wine and spirits, so we are stepping in to further enhance the service we provide to support our Providers in the region, as well as businesses who will benefit from wine and spirit education and qualifications. This is our first administration office outside the UK, and with the international growth of WSET growing at such a rate fast, I am sure it will not be our last."
Learn more at WSET's official website: www.wsetglobal.com