WSET celebrates 50 years of wine and spirit education

WSET’s 50 years of education success

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at this year’s Vinexpo with a range of events and activities planned for the rest of the year, including its rst global ‘Wine Education Week’ in September and an initiative to identify the industry’s next generation of talent with its ‘The Future 50’ campaign.

Its team will also be available at the show to talk to exhibitors and visitors alike about its full range of courses as well as the launch of a new standalone spirits course, the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits and upgrades and enhancements to its Level 2 wine course and Level 4 Diploma in wine.

The WSET has grown over the last 50 years to become the world’s largest provider of wine and spirits qualifications for both professionals and enthusiasts.

Ian Harris, WSET’s CEO, says: “2019 marks a momentous year for WSET and we are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the occasion. We will be bringing together our network of qualification holders and educators worldwide to look back on all that we have achieved, and more importantly, inspire a future generation of better educated wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts who will make this industry thrive for another 50 years and beyond.”

Its first global ‘Wine Education Week’ will take place from September 9-15 and feature events in over 30 countries involving local wine figures such as Olly Smith (UK), Terry Xu (China), Alyssa Vitrano, the GrapeFriend and Kelly Mitchell, The Wine Siren (US).

The ‘Future 50’ initiative, which it is running in conjunction with the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, will look to identify 50 of the global industry’s up-and-coming talent at a range of levels from all reaches of the trade. Nominations are already open and the 50 will be announced ahead of IWSC’s annual awards banquet in November 2019.

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