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Ecole du Vin spreads the gospel

Bordeaux’s Ecole du Vin is set to go international, and is setting up working projects with leading wine schools around the world.

The school is in discussion with a number of bodies whose names are being withheld until negotiations are finalised.

It is understood the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London, the Institute of Culinary Arts in California, and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York are all interested in working with the Ecole du Vin.

Meetings are also being held with leading wine education centres in Germany and Canada.

‘Bordeaux wine classes are taught in a number of schools in many countries, but there is a need for a common and up-to-date approach, as things here are changing and updating so fast, from the new rules governing quality control, to the new classifications of cru bourgeois, and upcoming changes to Graves and St Emilion,’ Pascal Loridon, marketing director of Bordeaux trade body the CIVB told decanter.com.

The Ecole intends to send its own teachers to the various foreign centres, and it will also set up an accredited teaching network. Teachers will be examined regularly to ensure they are up to date in their knowledge.

It is also finalising an interactive teaching CD-Rom, which will be unveiled at this year’s Vinexpo.

‘Currently we train 2,500 people every year at the Ecole du Vin in Bordeaux, ‘Loridon said. ‘It’s an excellent school, and we believe our offering will add enormous value for partners in other counties. We are taking Bordeaux to the world.’

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