Vinitaly International Academy – Vinitaly International

Vinitaly International Academy

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Mission Statement

Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) aims to be the gold standard of Italian wine education. VIA offers a complete educational path with standardized courses that will teach professionals and educators to master the diversity of Italian wine in a rigorous, organized manner. VIA’s main objective is to foster a global network of highly qualified professionals who, in turn, will support and promote Italian wine throughout the world. VIA’s ecosystem comprising the main institutional bodies and associations in the Italian wine industry strives to be the conduit between the leading players in the Italian wine scene and international professionals.

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VIA Faculty

Recently appointed to the faculty of the Vinitaly International Academy, Sarah Heller is a content creator, visual artist and wine branding expert based in Hong Kong and at 30 is the world’s youngest Master of Wine. Having graduated from Yale University with a degree in fine art, Sarah began her career in the New York and Hong Kong wine trades and wineries in France and Italy. She was Executive Director of events and education firm Meiburg Wine Media in Hong Kong for three years. As well as being a Master of Wine and AIWS, Sarah is a SWE Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits. Sarah speaks English, German, Italian and French with some proficiency in Chinese and Spanish and her 2018 goal is to tackle Korean.
As another member of the VIA Faculty, Henry Davar is a wine educator and business development manager at US-based fine wine retailer Breakthru Beverage Nevada and holds certifications from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.