The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has grown from a small organisation based in London in 1969 to become the leading provider of world-class wine and spirit education across the globe.
WSET qualifications have been available in Tasmania since 2012 with the first course taking place at Josef Chromy Wines, who have offered great support since that day. In 2018, young, award-winning winemaker Nick Glaetzer has become a familiar face for students in Hobart who visit the Glaetzer-Dixon urban winery as part of their studies. The industry support for local students has been fantastic with former WSET students at Rude Boy having opened their doors as a location for others to study.
Within local businesses, there are several companies who have shown great commitment to the development of their teams, sending new staff members to study year after year. MONA and Moorilla Wines, Stillwater, Black Cow, Saffire Freycinet, Henry Jones Art Hotel and Macq01 deserve a special mention for their dedication to improving the quality of our hospitality offering across the state.
The Tasmanian wine industry is growing in size whilst continuing to produce world-class quality. In November 2018, Tyson Stelzer delivered his keynote speech at the black-tie dinner for Effervescence Tasmania. Sketching out his views for the future, he envisages that it is sparkling. Regaling the audience with stories from all corners of the globe, he informed us that Tasmanian sparkling wine has time and time again outshone other bubbles, even those from Champagne.
Wine Tasmania have collected data over the last ten years that highlights the trajectory of the industry into the world-class arena. A collection of this information, plus soil maps and wine routes are all available here.
Spirits have by no means been slacking. Back in the mid-90’s Bill Lark changed a law that had hung over the island since the days of former Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin’s days. His wife was an enthusiastic follower of the temperance movement and this led to her husband making distilling illegal in Tasmania. In less than 20 years, Tasmania has blazed onto the world stage with award-winning whiskies such as Sullivan’s Cove receiving worldwide acclaim.
Hartshorn Distillery has shown incredible innovation turning the sheep’s whey bi-product from the family cheesemaking business into an award-winning, barrel aged vodka. A gin has joined the ranks, much like many other producers across Tasmania, with producers foraging around their distilleries for botanicals that can offer a unique twist to their final blend.
Global wine education week is scheduled for 9-15th September 2019. Vintage Tasmania will be taking place in activities along with other WSET Approved Program Providers from across the globe. Watch this space for more information.