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Introductory course: Rheinhessen and Mainz


The Institute of Masters of Wine and VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter are organising an introductory course to be held in Rheinhessen and Mainz, Germany in April 2024.

The course, which is open to 20 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.

ProgrammeDownload a copy of the programme here.

EligibilityInterested 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.

Fees€990 including accommodation (25-28 April) at Hotel Amtsgerich in Oppenheim and at Favorite Parkhotel in Mainz as well as a shuttle from Frankfurt to the hotel on arrival and departure.

Optional extraOn the 29 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. Return shuttle to the airport or accommodation for the night of the 29th to 30th  is not included.

RegistrationThere are two spaces available on the course. To register, please contact Katharina Huber at

Questions about the MW study programmeContact the education department at

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