THE educational arm of a London-based wine merchant has been approved as a Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) programme provider.
The accreditation means the Antique Wine Company’s Wine Academy is now authorised to offer a suite of WSET courses, from level one beginners to level three advanced, to those working in the hospitality trade and members of the public. It will also allow the company to offer extensive in-house training to its staff.
Stephen Williams, MD of the Antique Wine Company and founder of the AWC Wine Academy, said there is growing demand from the firm’s clients to extend their wine knowledge – and from the general public to know more about wine.
“We are very pleased to gain WSET approval as this will enable us to offer a formalised certificate of accreditation that will provide a tangible and progressive result for anyone attending the AWC Wine Academy,” he said.
“At The Antique Wine Company we like to offer the very highest quality wines and we feel the same about knowledge and education on the subject. WSET is the foremost international body in the field of wine and spirits education, so we are thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity to attain such an esteemed qualification on the premises.
“While our courses will be informative and educational, as well as accredited, they will continue to be interactive, enjoyable and non-intimidating. We see this accreditation as a vehicle to offer outstanding training in an area in which we are well-informed and knowledgeable and therefore wish to impart this knowledge and experience to other people: members of the public, the hospitality trade and our own staff members.”