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New opportunities for careers in wine have recently become available, reflecting global interest and demand for fine wines. The New Zealand School of Food & Wine is the only WSET® authorised provider in New Zealand offering a 12 week classroom based teaching programme.

This intensive programme offers the hospitality professional or the wine enthusiast an international qualification that provides a thorough understanding of the principle wines and spirits of the world and key factors influencing style, quality and value.

Each week you will learn about international wines from all major wine producing countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Chile and Australia through tastings and self-directed study. You will study the principles underlying food and wine matching as well as learn how Microsoft Excel can be used to present and cost wine lists and manage inventory control. There will be a visit to well-known local vineyards where you will learn about viticulture and wine making practices from highly respected wine makers. The programme includes practical hospitality workshops and a real workplace experience to test your wine knowledge and service skills.

To ensure you receive all of the training required to operate within the hospitality industry you will also receive your Food Safety and Licence Controller qualifications.

Aged 18 or over
Attend an interview in person or by telephone
IELTS 6 or equivalent for international students*
Valid visitor visa for international students *
English language pathways available.

You will be able to work as a wine and spirit professional in all fields of the hospitality, service and wine industries. This may be in your own business, or in wine retail outlets, wineries, wine companies, resorts, lodges, cruise liners, luxury yachts, restaurants or cafés - there are many opportunities to explore once you graduate.

NZSFW Certificate in Wine
NZSFW Certificate in Professional Wine Knowledge, Sommelier
WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines
WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits
WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits
WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits
Food Safety Unit Standards
Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) Unit Standards

Monday - Friday 9am - 2:30pm

New Zealand Students/Australian Students:
NZ$3750 + WSET® texts books and examinations of $850 Total fees: NZ$4600*

International Students:
NZ$7,820 + WSET® texts books and examinations of $850 Total fees: NZ$8,670

*New Zealand students receive a subsidy from the New Zealand Government.

Fees include WSET® examination fees, textbooks, wine tastings, day trips and guest lectures.
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Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food & Wine has been educating the next generation of chefs, restaurant & café owners, wine professionals and food lovers since 1995. Located in Auckland's Viaduct, NZSFW offers small classes with an emphasis on hands-on practical experience.
NZ School of Food & Wine
3/104 Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand 1010
09 3777 961
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