The WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits - Central Europe


The WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits is globally the most recognized professional qualification in the international wine trade and also recommended by the Institute of Masters of Wine for proceeding to the MW study programme. The syllabus covers the wine countries of the world and the most important wines and spirits. This qualification offered by the British Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is established in more than 20 countries – from London to New York, from Oslo to Tokyo. Since 1993, the Austrian Wine Academy has been a partner of WSET and has been offering Diploma courses in Rust.

The Austrian Wine Academy – a not for profit organisation – was founded only in 1991 and in that short time has acquired the formidable status of being the largest wine educational institution in Europe, with more than 15,000 wine enthusiasts attending seminars annually. In addition to courses offered in Austria, Wine Academy runs Diploma course centres in Germany (Campus Geisenheim), Switzerland (Campus Wädenswil), Italy (Palazzo Antinori) as well as in Südtirol/Alto Adige and Hungary.

This English language Central European Diploma programme is special in many respects. There will be a particular emphasis on the Central European wine regions through in-depth lectures and visit programmes to different wine growing areas. It offers a unique opportunity to participants to combine learning about international wines and spirits with practical first hand experience in viticulture and wine-making and all of this in the unique and picturesque environment of the Academy’s training centre in Rust in the Burgenland wine region and in the wine regions of Hungary.

Another difference to WSET Diploma courses in other countries is the fact that the graduates of this course will be directly awarded the prestigious title „Weinakademiker“. Upon completion of a thesis and a viva-voce exam successful graduates are requested to sign a code of conduct and join the international alumni association with more than 750 graduates from 34 different countries.