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Due to the growing interest of the Chinese middle class in wine, the
Sydney Wine Academy has launched a WSET (Wine and Spirit Education
Trust) Level 1 Award in Sake course delivered in Mandarin and
simplified Chinese, by Chinese speaking trainer. WSET is the wines,
spirits and sake qualification recognised globally.
The delivery will be the first of its kind in Australia, following
the successful launch of WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits in
Chinese. Graduates can explore a career in the retail or hospitality
sectors of the wine industry.
According to Wine Australia, China is one of
the largest and fastest-growing wine markets in the world. The Chinese
market is the biggest market for Australian wine, which has created
growing interest amongst the Chinese middle class to learn more about
wine production, styles, storage and matching food with wine for those
looking to start a wine career,
The course will be delivered by Andy Chen, a bilingual WSET
accredited educator and Sydney Wine Academy Alumni. Andy is well
respected by the liquor industry at an elite level, is a wine show
judge and has an extensive background and knowledge in sake.
TAFE NSW Sydney Wine Academy Course Director, Clive Hartley, said
that the course is unique to Australia’s largest education and
training provider and that TAFE NSW is the only provider in Australia
to offer Sake courses delivered in Mandarin and simplified Chinese by
an accredited WSET Chinese lecturer.
“The Level 1 Award in Sake qualification is a beginner level
introduction course designed for Chinese speaking students who would
like to start a career in the industry or pursue an interest in sake.
During this time, students will explore the main styles and types of
sake through sight, smell and taste to develop and understanding of
the key factors affecting flavors and aromas.”
Rita Yuli LI, a recent WSET Level 2 Award in Sake graduate said that
the course delivered in Chinese was a great advantage.
“I was really impressed with Andy Chen’s passion and knowledge in
wines, spirits and sake, and his ability to deliver the course
professionally, and in a fun manor.
“I strongly recommend this course to any member of the Chinese
community who wants to kick-start a career in the wine and hospitality
industry. Studying in the mother tongue means easy and effective
learning. There is also the added advantage of developing English and
bilingual references in specific wine terms and knowledge, which is
beneficial in a multi-culture society,” said Ms LI.
The next one-day WSET Level 1 Award in Sake course delivered in
Mandarin and simplified Chinese will take place on Saturday 2 March
2019 at the TAFE NSW Sydney Wine Academy at Ryde.
For further information visit sydneywineacademy.edu.au.
Media contact: Laura Kelly, Media and Communications Business
or 0411 777 676.
 Wineaustralia.com. (2019).
Australian wine in China: Success through trade
engagement. Available at: https://www.wineaustralia.com/whats-happening/stories-of-australian-wine/events/china-awards-2017