The wine education charity, WSET, has reported a significant increase in the number of students taking their exams. They offer a range of wine and spirit related examinations which allow people to develop their interest in wine or improve their education in the area. In the last year there was 17% increase in the number of students sitting their exams which amounted to over 72,000 more students.
Specifically, in the UK there were more than 17,077 WSET candidates, a 14% increase and there was also huge growth in mainland China and in the USA, where more and more people are taking an interest in wine and spirit education.
This interest in the wines and spirits sector is both related to a genuine interest from the wider population but also because more people want to work in an industry they feel passionate about. WSET’s Chief Executive Ian Harris commented: “The wine and spirits industry continues to be a dynamic sector and we are committed to supporting its ongoing success through quality, fit-for-purpose education and training,”
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is a UK-based organisation, with headquarters in London. It is recognised as a world-leading organisation in wine education and they offer four levels of awards including Wine Service, Wine in general and Wine and Spirits.
Individuals taking the exams and courses organised by WSET include professional sommeliers, wine enthusiasts and collectors.
Alternative Wine Education
Many wine lovers like the idea of knowing and discovering more about their favourite drink, but are not interested in formal education. Many wineries offer tours and many people take wine holidays, enjoying whole regions and travelling from winery to winery. There is also the option of enjoying wine tastings, where you can both enjoy new flavours and learn more about the wines on offer.
At the Fine Wine Company, we regularly hold wine tasting events, aimed at showing off fine examples from our dynamic range of wines. Our next event is taking place on 25th November and will be held at Brunton Hall in Musselburgh. Our special events give you the chance to taste some of our favourites and perhaps discover a new favourite of your own.