Master Sommelier Matthieu Longuere is Wine Development Manager at Le Cordon Bleu London. We meet with him so he can talk to us about our Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management.
1. Can you describe the programme available at the London School?
It is called Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management. It has been designed to provide industry relevant education in wine, gastronomy and management for aspiring wine professionals and wine entrepreneurs.
We aim to provide students with an indepth knowledge of wine, its integration with gastronomy and their management within a commercial environment.
Le Cordon Bleu has many renowned wine programmes in the world but this is the first time we launch in London.
The course combines advanced wine knowledge (Wine sensory analysis, wine production and wine producing countries and regions), gastronomy (food and wine pairing, hospitality and events, other alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages), management (wine and beverage management, distribution & commercialisation, and market research)
The course is divided as follow:
- ½ wine knowledge
- ¼ gastronomy
- ¼ management
2. I already have already a wine certification (such as WSET), why would I need to study this specific diploma?
We aim to fully prepare our students for the professional world. By enrolling in this programme you will be in contact with many wine professionals who will come to the school as guest speakers, you will taste over 500 wines and you will be taught how to run a wine-focused business.
Thanks to our network, you will also have the possibility to attend various professional tastings around London and visit to wineries, breweries and distilleries.
The Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management is a programme that would bring you to the next level in your wine studies. You will acquire a thorough understanding of wines, spirits and beverages of the world and the proficiency to become a competent wine and food professional.
3. Who can enrol to this course?
People with high school diploma or equivalent with minimum or basic wine experience.
4. What is the cost and how long does the programme last?
480 guided learning hours over 6 months
The course will be a mix of practical classes, tastings and lectures. You will be taught by some of the best professionals available in London.
5. Once I graduated, what kind of career can I expect?
Students completing this unique programme will boast skills which will set them apart in an increasing competitive marketplace.
- Wine merchant / retailer
- Hospitality careers e.g. sommelier
- Wine business entrepreneur
- Wine journalist / broadcaster
- Wine buyer
- Wine consultant
- Events coordinator
Overseen by Master Sommelier Matthieu Longuere, Diploma in Wine Gastronomy and Management has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the wine and spirits industries at international level.