Wine & Spirit Education Trust returns to Gómez Cruzado to offer courses in February, March, and June of 2018

Master of Wine Frank Smulders will teach Advanced Level 3, including a tasting designed for the WSET Level 4 Diploma

02 of February of 2018

2nd February 2018.- The Gómez Cruzado Winery in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación will once again host the internationally renowned wine education courses of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Vintage Class, the authorized provider of WSET courses in Spain, is returning to Haro to offer courses of different levels in English and Spanish. Dutch Master of Wine (MW) Frank Smulders will teach the Advanced Level 3 course (WSET 3).

The advanced level course is scheduled for June 25th - 29th and includes a training tasting designed for the WSET Level 4 Diploma, also to be led by Frank Smulders MW. In this tasting, participants will experience the level of expertise required for this diploma, which is a stepping stone to the elite title of Master of Wine which is held by only 368 people in the world. Participants will taste six wines: three of which are defined by their region of origin, and the other three, by their variety.

The advanced level instructor, Master of Wine Frank Smulder, boasts 30 years of experience in the international wine business and has represented wineries on the international market as well. Smulders also works as a consultant and is a WSET instructor for several different levels in various European countries. He has managed the five-star wine cellar Hotel Residenz Palais Coburg in Vienna, which received the honor of 'World’s Best Wine List' in 2014 from the magazine 'The World of Fine Wines'.

The courses deal with topics of viticulture and oenology, while also covering the world's foremost wine regions, grape varieties, the styles of wine that define different production areas, as well as other matters such as pairing and serving.

Jeni Wilson, director of Vintage Class, will teach the Level 1 Introductory class in Spanish on Friday February 16th (enrollment still open). Intermediate Level 2 is also available in Spanish on Saturday February 17th and Sunday February 18th (enrollment still open).

Jeni Wilson heads the English center Vintage Class, located in Aranda de Duero, specialized in the world of wine. A native of Australia and Scotland, she has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Cambridge (UK) and Spain.

For more information on the Vintage Class courses, please visit their website and click on 'WSET en Haro La Rioja' or call their offices at +34 947 51 35 02. Enrollment via email by writing to: /

About Wine &Spirits Education Trust (WSET)

Wine & Spirits Education Trust has its headquarters in London and was founded in 1969 to provide wines and spirits education and qualifications of the utmost quality to professionals and enthusiasts. WSET qualifications are internationally recognized and its courses are open to those starting a career in the wine and spirits sectors, established professionals, and students as well. WSET also trains future Masters of Wine which is the sector’s highest qualification. Pedro Ballesteros, Fernando Mora and Andreas Kubach are the only Spaniard to have earned this title. Since its founding over four decades ago, over half a million people have received WSET qualifications.


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