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New wine qualifications at The New Zealand School of Food & Wine

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The New Zealand School of Food & Wine has introduced two new qualifications where students will be eligible for student loans and allowances.

New Zealand Certificate in Professional Wine Knowledge (Level 5)
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the winery, retail, hospitality, hotel, and tourism sectors with individuals who are able to apply knowledge of international wine, spirits and alcoholic beverages, and their markets, to work in customer services, sales, or leadership roles.

New Zealand Diploma in Professional Wine Management (Sommelier) (Level 6)
The Diploma includes WSET programmes but also focuses on understanding contemporary marketing strategies to enhance brand values, distribution and customer experience across a range of winery, hospitality, hotel and tourism businesses.
Students will look closer at viticulture, sustainability, organic and biodynamic practices and winemaking, to develop knowledge of wine growing methods and oenology.
Building skills to enable students to be able to manage, train and mentor junior staff on sales, wine service, and communication skills to enhance the customer experience is an important focus.

The school is also offering online study for the Certificate in New Zealand Wine which will be delivered over four weekday evenings. This is a comprehensive introduction to wine regions, grape varieties, wine styles.

Online: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5pm – 8pm
17, 19, 24, 26 November

Onsite: Monday – Thursdays, 9am – 2.30pm
21, 22, 23, 24 December

Course Fees:
Domestic NZ $395*
International $595*

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