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World's first dedicated wine educational school to open in Perugia

The “wine school”, the world's first and more authoritative educational centre dedicated to wine is going to open in Perugia.


To realise this project Perugia's “Università dei Sapori”, which offers a wide variety of culinary courses, and the Umbria's branch of Italy's Foundation of Sommeliers (FISU) joined together in a partnership.


The “Università dei sapori” is a training centre promoted by Confcommercio Perugia to create, develop and spread expertise, professionalism, and the culture of Umbria in Italy and worldwide.


The Italian Sommelier Association was founded on July 7, 1965. On April 6, 1973 it obtained the legal recognition of the state by Decree n. 539 of the President of the Republic.


The first courses of the “Wine school” are about to start, and include an advanced level of training for professionals in the wine industry, as well as a selection of programmes for amateur wine enthusiasts. In the future there will be also courses on pairing wine with cheese and even courses on other drinks such as beer and spumante.


We all know how important wine is to Italians who can also be extremely generous with their wine. The wine school comes just a few months after a wine fountain was unveiled in Caldari di Ortona, in Abruzzo. The fountain is open to tourists and pilgrims travelling along the Cammino di San Tommaso, (route of St Thomas), between Rome and Ortona. The fountain was created as a homage to St Thomas, the patron saint of Ortona whose relics are kept in the cathedral of Ortona. It was a joint project between the owner of Dora Sarchese winery, Nicola D'Auria, and Cammino di San Tommaso, which promotes the pilgrimage route in the region.


Visitors will have access to the wine fountain any time the winery is open and by appointment only on weekends. Wine is dispensed from button operated taps, which are installed over a stone basin while the whole fountain is situated inside a giant wine barrel. The structure was designed by local architect Rocco Valentini, who used recycled materials to create the installation.


The wine flowing from the taps is red although the grape variety is not disclosed. The Abruzzo region is known for its red wines, made from the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, but there are also several other varieties that can be used for red wines

Giulia Lombardo

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