With candidates from all over the US, Vinitaly International Academy travelled to Boston, Seattle and Houston, for its 20th edition held from 13th to 15th September 2021, following the new hybrid format of VIA. With the online theory classes continuing, candidates came together in the tasting centres to be led by Faculty members through advanced seminars and intensive practical sessions to prepare for the examination. The candidates went through a 3-day intensive course with the VIA Faculty headed by Henry Davar IWE as the complementary knowledge to the online lectures covering 20 Italian wine regions.

The guided tastings of 44 archetypal wines give our candidates the opportunity to really understand and learn the differences between each grape variety and wine, as well as the confidence to talk about what each wine. The application to the course was open to wine professionals all over the US, applicants were required to provide relevant wine education certificate as well as stating their motivation to participate the course.