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WSET expands into the Czech Republic

Published:  07 November, 2016

The Czech Republic has become the latest European country to offer courses in wines and spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

Vzd?lávací Centrum MKM has become an approved programme provider for WSET courses in the country, which is an emerging wine market in Europe (CBI research).

Thanks to a growing young urban professional class and steady economic growth, demand for wine and spirit education is rising, according to the WSET.

The education outfit reported that global candidate numbers were up 18% during the 2015/16 academic year and course registrations are up 28% so far this year.

"As the global leader in wine and spirits education and qualifications we are striving to offer courses through approved programme providers in every market that shows potential and desire for further wine and spirits knowledge," Ian Harris, WSET chief executive, said.

"The Czech Republic offers an exciting opportunity for us as it emerges into the European marketplace, so we're proud to have Vzd?lávací Centrum MKM join our network to cater to the Czech community."

Vzd?lávací Centrum MKM is an education centre in Brno providing training in everything from specialised language courses to professional qualifications.

As a WSET provider, the centre will offer WSET Levels 1 and 3 Awards in Wines, Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, and Levels 1 and 2 Awards in Spirits to cater for both beginners and professionals.

JUDr. Pavlína Megová, owner of Vzd?lávací Centrum MKM, said, "I am proud that we can offer WSET wine education here in Moravia where Czech wines of the highest quality are made.

"I am convinced that WSET courses should be of interest not only to all wine lovers, sommeliers, businessmen, but also to winemakers. After all, the founding motto of the WSET institution tells all: 'Gustibus mens dat incrementum' - 'Knowledge enhances sensory perception'."