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Introductory course: Württemberg and Rheinhessen


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The Institute of Masters of Wine and VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter are organising an introductory course to be held in Württemberg and Rheinhessen, Germany in April 2022.

The course will be led by a number of Masters of Wine, including Thomas Curtius MW and Caro Maurer MW. 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.

Open to: 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.

Fees: €900 including accommodation (21-24 April) at Hotel Rappenhof in Weinsberg and Favorite Parkhotel in Mainz as well as a shuttle from and to Frankfurt airport (late Thursday afternoon on 21 April and on Sunday or Monday)

Extra: On 24 and 25 April the VDP.Weinbörse takes place 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, who will also be your host during all evenings of the course.

To join the waiting list: Contact Katharina Huber at

Queries: Contact Sarah Harrison, IMW head of study programme and development at

Image: © Peter Bender by VDP