As a non-profit organisation and governmentally recognised institution for continuing education, this subsidiary (50%) of the AWMB has offered a highly diversified programme of wine seminars for industry professionals as well as for private lovers of wine since 1991.
The Wine Academy is an autonomous concern, financially independent and supported 90% by the income from the seminars it presents. Every year, more than 15,000 people participate in more than 750 of the Wine Academy’s seminars. The Wine Academy is also – under the auspices of the AWMB – a participant in the pan-European informational programme ‘Wine in Moderation’, which strives toward promoting responsible interaction with wine.
Along with its educational activities all over Austria, the Austrian Wine Academy is continually becoming more deeply involved in international circles. Its courses are now held in Germany, Switzerland, the Alto Adige, Hungary and the Czech Republic. One new development is the collaboration with the Instituto Grandi Marchi and the Palazzo Antinori in Florence, where WSET Diploma courses from the Wine Academy are offered in English since 2017.
For wine industry professionals, the Wine Academy offers the famous multi-year WEINAKADEMIKER DIPLOMA in German-speaking Europe, which culminates in successful participants earning the prestigious title ‘Weinakademiker’.
Since its founding in 1991, the Austrian Wine Academy has developed into the most highly regarded wine- education institution in continental Europe, while at the same time being an important factor in the furtherance of wine education standards in Austria.