Cunard to Launch Wine Education Courses at Sea

By ,   December 6, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Cunard partnered with the largest provider of wine and spirits qualifications in the world, WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), to launch certified wine and spirit courses for its passengers.

By the new partnership, WSET courses will be initially available on Queen Mary 2’s westbound Transatlantic crossings and world cruises. Courses are expected to be available on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth later in 2017.

Guests aboard crossings from Southampton to New York can embark on a 5-day course to achieve WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. The course gives a hands-on introduction to the world of wine in an interactive and relaxed atmosphere for beginners, while covering the basics of wine types and styles through sight, smell, and taste, as well as how to store and serve wine and pair with food.

World cruise guests can participate in a 12-day course to achieve WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. The beginner to intermediate level course is for enthusiasts seeking a core understanding of wine and spirits. It explores the major grape varieties and the styles of wines they produce as well as important wine regions in which they are grown. Participants also learn about key classifications and labelling terminology and are given a basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs.

Classes will be led by WSET Certified Educator Andrés Solís Lira, who has worked in the wine world for the past decade and joined Cunard in 2009 as a sommelier on Queen Mary 2, rising to the position of educator for the Cunard Wine Academy. Each of the courses finishes with a multiple choice exam, and, on passing, candidates receive a globally recognised WSET qualification certificate and lapel pin.

The courses commence on QM2's transatlantic crossing from Southampton (December 15, 2016). The first world cruise with WSET courses will set sail on January 10, 2017.

WSET works with approved program providers in more than 70 countries to offer its qualifications to interested enthusiasts and industry professionals, ranging from Level 1 Awards in Wines, Spirits and Sake to the prestigious Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. Guests can book a WSET course by calling Cunard ahead of their journey or speaking to the sommelier onboard.