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SOMMELIER INTENSIVE PROGRAM

2-weeks program by Spain’s best sommelier,
2016, to learn about and experience the
best Catalan vineyards wineries.

Overview

Code program 22-000

Duration

2 weeks

Location

Manresa (Barcelona)

Dates

1st July to 12th July 2024  

Arrival to Manresa should be on the 30th of June and departure on the 13th of July.

Hours

60 h

Price

2.600 €

Opening application

1st January 2024

Deadline

June 1st. 2024

Application requirements

Resume/Appl. Form/Appl. Fee/ On-line Interview

Semester Syllabus

Wine Regions

Catalunya has 12 wine regions, producing all types of wines: from light whites to full-bodied reds, as well as sparkling and dessert wines. You will learn about all of them by visiting various wine regions.

Context. History, cultural aspects and traditions

Visit all the 12 wine regions, with various visits to cellars in each Denomination of Origin. Learn about history, cultural aspects and traditions of the wine elaboration process.

Program

FIRST WEEK

Monday 1st – DO Pla de Bages
Tuesday 2nd – DO Penedès / DO Alella
Wednesday 3rd – DO Cava
Thursday 4th – DO Conca de Barberà
Friday 5th – DO Priorat

SECOND WEEK

Monday 8th – DO Terra Alta
Tuesday 9th – DO Costers del Segre
Wednesday 10th – DO Empordà
Thursday 11th – DO Montsant
Friday 12th – Vins de Finca and farewell lunch

Includes visits to vineyards every weekday, wine tastings in all the cellars, lunch and private transport.
Accompanied by renowned Sommeliers and wine experts.

Viticulture concepts

This course will focus on learning the process of grape growing, the terroir, the climate, latitudes and soils, that shapes the local grape qualities. The student will learn all the way the process, from the vine, the harvest practices (“la verema”), to the bottle.

Grapes

Topics covered in this course include most important grape varieties, based on different geographical areas of Catalunya, and the Mediterranean region in general.

Taste: Wine Tasting techniques. How and why we taste wine

The student will focus on why and how we taste wine; examining the wine’s appearance, aroma, flavors, and textures to understand how and where it was made, as well as its quality. This course offer the opportunity of learning the tasting techniques, the sensory distinctions; so the student will be able to use those skills from now and on, in each tasting they are involved.

Methodology

Theoretical basis and practical hands-on learning experiences to solve professional and personal challenges, encouraging self-reflection and conversations about  Catalan gastronomy.

To understand our cultural background, our learning tools and strategies will be focused on real life demands that involve the student’s contact with the people who are launching these requests (other students, external collaborators, companies, local producers, chefs, etc…). Using different techniques and methodologies, all participants will create elaborations, ranging from traditional to modern, in order to experience authentic Catalan everyday cuisine.

The program will follow many common and interdisciplinary experiences, such as lectures, show cooking, producer visits, workshops, problem-solving learning, and activities that involve adaptability to changes or promote content creation through collaborative learning and personal background.

Asstesment system

The competence and training evaluation focuses on the students’ process to learn, How they performtheir performance and their doing.

The quality of their process will be assessed evaluated day in and day out day after day, including their attendance, creativity, communication skills, adaptability, and respect.

Their learning improvements when in front of their own mistakes will also be evaluated, as well their attitude towards their mates and teachers, towards possible challenges and how they face and solve them.

Their learning progress, in the face of their own mistakes, will also be assessed, as well as their attitudes towards their mates and teachers, toward possible challenges, and how they confront and resolve them.

Last week of the Program the students will work out a final project challenge to check all they have learned. refrased

In the final week of the program, students will complete a final project challenge, to check everything they had learned.

Individual activities ___ %
Team work ___ %
Final project ___%
Attendance and attitude ___ %

  • Josep Pelegrín teaching wine tasting class in Oller del Mas
  • Student exercising smell in wine tasting
  • Students doing individualized wine tasting in Oller del Mas
  • Josep Pelegrín uncorking a bottle of wine in the Oller del Mas vineyard
  • Students in the experimentation room in Oller del Mas
  • Oller del Mas winery