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Remarks: This course has included the VIA Maestro Exam and Certificate Fee; Total 24 hours course time, around 70-80 tasting samples

VIA Italian Wine Maestro Certification Course

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Course Introduction


Target audience:

  • wine lovers, who are interested in Italian wines and its native grape vartieties
  • importers, agents, Sommeliers, restaurant a wine shop owners, retailer, distributors

What is the Italian Wine Maestro Certification Course?

This course introduces students to the wealth of Italian native grape varieties that are fundamental to understanding Italy’s complex and fascinating wines.

The focus on native grapes as well as regional appellations sets this course apart from many others and provides a unique depth of knowledge and understanding.

As the complementary base course to VIA’s education system, Italian Wine Mastro is not only the stoning course to the higher level Italian Wine Ambassador / Italian Wine Expert qualification, but also resonates with the continuous contribution from the evolving VIA world community.

Ultimately, the VIA qualifications aim to be the gold standard of Italian Wine Education, under the guidance of its founder Stevie Kim, VIA Chief scientist Prof. Attilio Scienza and supported by the Institutional Advisory board members.


The study topics represent key areas that will be covered in classes or that the student should concentrate on while preparing.

Though VIA focuses and believes in a grape variety study approach, ideally, students should come to the Maestro program with a basic understanding of viticulture and wine making techniques, as this will not be covered in the scope of this course. That knowledge, however, is required in order to fully grasp the concepts covered in the VIA course.

Prior wine education such as WSET level 2/ level 3 / CSW or the Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier Level may be helpful but are not considered as prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

Outcome One: The theory of Italian wine and native wine grapes

  1. Understand and explain the history, geography, wine laws and labelling of Italian wines and styles.
  2. Describe and understand the key factors that influence the characteristics and differences between Italian native grape varieties.
  3. Describe and understand the key production factors that influence the characteristics and differences between Regional Italian wine styles, including sparkling, dry, fortified & sweet wines.
  4. Be able to provide accurate, authentic and credible information and advice on Italian wines.

Outcome Two: The analytical tasting of Italian wine

Identify and assess the characteristics & quality of Italian wines and styles correctly.


 Semester Time / Venue Tutor 

9 May - 27 Jun 2024

8 Sessions (Every Thu)

19:00 - 22:00 

HKWA -- 1/F, Everglory Centre, 1B Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Yvonne Ou


  • 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • 2 Papers:
    Paper 1 (1 hour)--- 50 multiple choice questions
    Paper 2 (20 minutes) --- Tasting exam (1 red + 1 white)
  • Passing Grade: 65%

A number of outstanding students from the VIA Maestro course may be eligible for direct entry to the VIA Ambassador Certification course.

 Date Time Last Enrolment Date

13 Jul 2024 (Sat)

11:00 - 12:30

9 May 2024

Tuition Discount

 Details Terms

Early Bird Discount
- HK$500

Successful enrolment at least 2 weeks before class commence

Group Discount
- 9%

- 3 or more registered for the same course together
(Add 3 quantity of the course and enter discount code: GROUP9%OFF during checkout)


Refund Policy

All fee and expenses are not refundable after order confirmation. If you need to refund for a specific reason before course commence, please provide relevant proof and contact us by email at

Adverse Weather Policy

If Typhoon Signal No. 8 or Black Rainstorm Warning is in force after 7:00 a.m. - the morning events that starts before 2:00 p.m. will be cancelled 11:00 a.m. - the afternoon event that starts between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. will be cancelled. 4:00 p.m. - the event that starts from 6:00 p.m. will be cancelled. The academy will re-schedule the event. If participants cannot join the event on the re-scheduled date, event fee will be refunded. When Typhoon Signal No.8 or above is hoisted during the event, the event must be terminated immediately and the Academy will arrange all participants to leave the venue. When Black Rainstorm Warning is in force, all participants of the event are advised to stay where they are until the warning signal is lowered.

Who are your instructors?

All our WSET® course lecturers had undergone the WSET® Educator Training Program, and only Certified WSET® Educators will teach courses above the Foundation level. Guided tasting courses are led by tutors with specific experience.

What is the class size?

Our maximum class size:

Level 1:22 人

Level 2: 14 人

Level 3: 14 人

Absent Arrangement

We will try to arrange you to fit into another class of the same course to make up for the absent class. However according to the class size, wine tasting samples may be allocated at last priority. For better preparation, please let us know your absent arrangement as soon as possible.

Why Hong Kong Wine Academy?

Quality, Independent, and Commitment is our motto.

Hong Kong Wine Academy is independent from wine trade and committed to offer high quality wine courses at reasonable price. All our WSET® course lecturers had undergone the WSET® Educator Training Program, and only Certified WSET® Educators will teach courses above the Foundation level. A single lecturer is assigned to follow the whole course for consistency. Also wine samples are carefully selected to reflect specific requirements of different courses.

What is the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET® )?

WSET® was founded in UK in 1969 to promote, provide and develop high quality education and training in wine and spirit industry. Since then, WSET® has grown into the foremost international awarding body in the field of wines and spirits. Recently, there are increasing number of consumers and enthusiasts attending the WSET® courses with the desire to enhance their knowledge. Hong Kong Wine Academy is a WSET® Approved Program Provider and is authorized to offer WSET® courses.

Are there any prerequisites for taking the WSET® courses?

No. However, we recommend those who intend to take the Intermediate Certificate course should have basic knowledge in wine and spirit, and those who intend to take the Advanced Certificate course should have good knowledge in wine and spirit.

Can the courses be taught in other languages?

Yes. In addition to Cantonese, we also teach courses in English and Mandarin on ad hoc based.

Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business.