I decided to pursue the Diploma because I wanted to broaden my knowledge in the field. Even though I don’t work in the wine industry, I want to prepare myself because my dream is to open a wine-related startup in the long term (can’t share many details!).
The theoretical and practical knowledge from the Diploma course will be the foundation of my future goals. Without that, I don’t think I would be able to get where I want. Also, the networking part is great because all the students are bright and love what they are doing.
There is a lot of information and a lot of details. To dominate the basics (winemaking, wine growing, maturation, etc.) is the secret to do well in the exams.
I currently work at Align Technology (Invisalign) as the Senior Manager of Commercial Excellence. Besides taking the Diploma, I have the French Wine Scholar and the Spanish Wine Scholar certifications and I have an MBA.