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Successful premiere : joint young talent initiative by WSET & ProWein

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30 young wine experts from ten European countries have acquired “Level 2 Award in Wines”. The joint initiative of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s largest education provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications, and ProWein, the leading international wine and spirits trade fair, proved a resounding success: 30 young wine experts who are just starting their professional path in the wine and spirits sector, have acquired the “Level 2 Award in Wines” – an ideal springboard for their future professional career.

As part of the “Level 2 Award in Wines” the young talents from ten European countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain) deepened their knowledge comprehensively. The test covers the most various aspects of wine: grape growing options in the vineyard, production process, climatic conditions for the vines, the most important grape varieties of the leading European wine-growing regions, different wine styles, aspects of wine storage and bottle ageing influence as well as the basics in wine service and pairing of food and wine.

In addition to the regular Level 2 courses, ProWein and WSET joined forces to offer the students additional tastings focusing deeper on one specific wine region thanks to the support of the “Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter” (VDP), the “Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico” and “Wines of Portugal” the tasting was carried out at home. More than 40 selected white, red, rosé, sparkling and liqueur wines were sent to the young experts (the average age was 27 years, the youngest was 22, the oldest 30). Furthermore, the students were offered an additional class via Zoom where they had the chance to learn more about ProWein behind the scene presented by Bastian Mingers, Director of ProWein.

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