Vinitaly International Academy Celebrate 12 New Italian Wine Ambassadors certified at its New York Edition

Vinitaly International Academy, the renowned Italian wine education institute, hosted the 28th edition of its rigorous Italian Wine Ambassador certification course on 4-6 March 2024 at Banville Wine Merchants in New York, certifying 12 new Ambassadors.

The Course 2024 marked the comeback of Vinitaly International Academy in the United States. A total of 27 students attended the Italian Wine Ambassador certification course, expertly curated by VIA Faculty Sarah Heller MW, at Banville Wine Merchants in New York City. Students participated in three days of instruction, tasting 38 Italian wines from every wine region in Italy before sitting a challenging two and a half hour exam. 12 students who successfully completed the exam were officially certified as Italian Wine Ambassadors.

Hue Society collaboration

This year’s New York edition also involved an exciting new collaboration with the Hue Society, with the inclusion of two fee-waiver candidates for Hue Society members. This partnership underlines VIA’s commitment to open the door to candidates from marginalized communities who want to enter the wine sector as professionals.

Stevie Kim, Managing Partner of Vinitaly, commented:

VIA has been a diverse international community from the start and an important part of our ethos is to achieve more inclusivity within the wine industry. Partnering with the Hue Society gives us the opportunity to reach and support those communities who want to join the world of wine despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that sometimes exist.

Tenuta Sette Ponti joins as Educational Supporter

In the New York edition of the Vinitaly International Academy course, Tenuta Sette Ponti proudly acted as the official Educational Supporter. During the pinning ceremony held on March 6th, Tenuta Sette Ponti awarded the “Oreno” prize to the outstanding student on the course. This prestigious award, accompanied by an Oreno Jeroboam, was presented to Mihai Popescu by Alberto and Amedeo Moretti Cuseri. Federico Bricolo, President of Veronafiere, and Sales&Marketing Director Raul Barbieri were also on hand to welcome the new Italian Wine Ambassadors to their new role representing and promoting Italian wine on the international market.

Cheers to the Newest Italian Wine Ambassadors!

Vinitaly International Academy New York
Candidates of the Vinitaly International Academy Course 2024, held in New York | Courtesy Photo VIA
  • Brittany Tangora
  • Mauricio Peccinini denChiaro
  • Mihai Popescu
  • Melissa Graeff
  • Marco Albanese
  • Matthew Rossiter
  • XinFeng
  • PaulHardy
  • AliceBarera
  • Alex Banville
  • StaceyO’Donal
  • StephanieJohnson

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  1. I’m interested learning when the next course will be here and if there will be opportunities for financial assistance for people wanting to attend the cours.

    1. Hi Janice, Thanks for reading about Vinitaly International Academy’s newest Italian Wine Ambassadors. Are you in the U.S.? We’ll try to get an answer for you, but the course is also offered during Vinitaly in Italy this April and every year.

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