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Introductory course: Germany


The Institute of Masters of Wine and VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter are organising an introductory course to be held in Rheingau, Nahe, Rheinhessen  and Mainz, Germany in April 2025.

The course, which is open to max. 22 participants, will be led by two MWs. They will explain the MW approach to the exam syllabus with a special focus on the writing and tasting skills required to become a Master of Wine. The class will include several tastings of different wines from different regions of the world.

As well as tastings throughout the day, evening dinners are included as part of the programme and these will provide further tasting opportunities led by MWs and VDP.Winegrowers.

Download a copy of the programme here.

Interested professionals who are highly motivated in relation to the wine world and the culture of wine. The whole class will be given in English. Meeting the requirements for the MW study programme is not a prerequisite for attending the weekend. However, attendees wishing to be considered for entry to the MW study programme must meet the entrance requirements – see here for more information.

€1,150 including accommodation (25-27 April) at Breuer’s Schlosshotel in Rüdesheim am Rhein and at H2 Hotel in Mainz as well as a shuttle from Frankfurt to the hotel on arrival and departure.

Optional extra
On the 28th and 29th April there is the option to stay on and attend VDP.Weinbörse in Mainz. It is the largest international fair for top German wines. Participants of the introductory course are very welcome to stay one night extra by invitation of the VDP. The accommodation for the night of the 28th till 29th is not included.


To register, please contact Katharina Huber at

Questions about the MW study programme
Contact the education department at

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