VIA Certification Course, Chengdu 16th – 20th March 2018


The 8th edition of the VIA Certification Course will be held in Chengdu, China from March 16th to the 20th 2018.

The VIA Certification Course represents a unique opportunity for wine professionals all over the world to gain extensive knowledge from the leading Italian wine expert Ian D’Agata on the subject of Italian grape varieties and wines. The course does not just offer hours of in depth classroom teaching but also the opportunity to taste hundreds of wines that are representative examples of Italian wines. In this manner, our students have an opportunity to really understand and learn the differences between each variety and wine, as well as learn what each wine should really smell and taste like.

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Places available: 30

Length of the course: 4 days + 1 day exam

Language: English

Preliminary Timetable:
Every day from 8:30 – 14:30
Exam day 9:00 – 11:00 and oral exam for the Expert level from 13:00 – 14:00

Application Deadline: February 23rd 2018. Candidates will receive a notification of acceptance no later than December 22nd 2017.

Registration fee: 500 euro (VAT included). This includes a coffee break and a light lunch during the entire duration of the course.

How to register: upon communication of acceptance, all candidates must fill out and send the payment form as well as a copy of the payment receipt to Applications can only be accepted and confirmed upon receipt of the completed registration form and registration fee. Forms and payments not received by March 1st 2018 will result in the candidate’s exclusion from the course.

Required Text:
– Native Wine Grapes of Italy. Ian D’Agata. University of California Press, 2014.
Italian Wine Unplugged Grape by Grape. Positive Press, 2017.Stevie Kim, Geralyn Brostrom, Lingzi He, Michele Longo, Michaela Morris, JC Viens, Ian D’Agata (editor). Available in e-book format on