Introductory Wines and Spirits Tasting and Servicing - HKU SPACE: Hospitality, Tourism & Events, Dietetics, Food & Nutrition courses
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Introductory Wines and Spirits Tasting and Servicing

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
12 hours
English, supplemented with Chinese
Course Fee
HK$2,900 per programme
How to Apply
Deadline on 16 Oct 2020 (Fri)
28678408 / 28678473
This course is on the list of <Professional Training and Examination Refund Scheme> under <Maritime and Aviation Training Fund>. Eligible applicants are refunded with 80% of the fees.此課程已列入<海運及空運人才培訓基金>的<專業培訓課程及考試費用發還計劃>名單,「基金」可獲發還80%的費用。

The demand of luxury hospitality services is emergent and is particularly high in Hong Kong and/or some Asian cities/countries such as China, Macau, and Singapore. The in-depth understanding of wine and spirits are essential to deliver the professional and premium services and standards no matter in high-end luxury services / hospitality or business aviation sectors. The experiences of dinning with wine and spirits appreciating are the core components to deliver premium inflight service and/ or luxury hospitality experience by attendants who are now serving or aspired to serve in private jets, serviced apartments, luxury hotels and super yachts.

It is always essential for people working in Food & Beverage in hotel properties, clubhouses, restaurants and airlines to understand more about wine and spirits in order to deliver professional and premium services and standards to their guests and customers. This programme aims to meet the continuing education and professional development needs of those who are currently working in the Food & Beverage sector, or those who have aspirations in developing their future careers in the Food & Beverage business. The programme provides basic understanding of wines and spirits, food and wine pairing skills, as well as specialized knowledge in servicing wines and spirits to guests using different tools.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Maritime and Aviation Training Fund

The $100 million Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF) approved by the Legislative Council in January 2014 came into operation on 1 April 2014. The Fund is to sustain and enhance existing training schemes and scholarships, as well for launching new initiatives for the aviation sector. The aim is to build up in due course a vibrant, diversified and competitive pool of professionals and technical personnel to support Hong Kong’s future development in the aviation sector. Each Eligible applicant of Professional Training and Examination Refund Scheme (ProTERS) are refunded with 80% of the fees after completing approved courses or passing examinations, subject to a cap of $18,000 (whichever is less) for the pre-approved course/examination (LINK ). Please note that the eligible applicant should be full-time employment in the aviation sector with an organization/company in Hong Kong.


Professional Certificate WSET:
Students will be able to get the WSET level 1 Award in Wines upon passing the module with a mark of 70%.

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WSET was founded in 1969 to provide high quality education and training in wines and spirits. Since then, WSET has grown into the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-afterqualifications. WSET qualifications are recognised internationally and are now represented in over 70 countries throught the world. WSET Award is accredited as an awarding body by Ofqual (UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) and operates under ISO 9001:2008 for the management of awards for qualifications and examinations in the product knowledge and tasting competence of alcoholic beverages. For details regarding WSET, please visit

Experienced teachers:
Our teachers come from strong hospitality and/or wine industry background, and students will gain extensive industrial knowledge with a lot of insights from teachers.

Teacher/ Guest Speaker Profile:

Mr. Chris So

Mr Chris So

Media and Education Director,  WINELIST.HK
WSET Diploma & Certified Educator
SCA Authorized Trainer
Judge for Wine Competitions


  • Wine and Spirits  knowledge
  • Wine tasting and Etiquette
  • WEST

Selected Experiences

  • Taught about wine for more than 6 years
  • WSET Certified Educator
  • Passed the Master of Wine (MW) Programme practical tasting papers on his first attempt in 2012
  • On the final stage working on his MW Research Paper.
  • Member of Greater China Wine Critics Association, an associate member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits (AIWS)
  • Judge member of The Hong Kong Wine Judges Association
  • judge for the “Decanter Asia Wine Awards", "Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition” and “Everyday Bordeaux”

Textbooks (included in the course fee) & Specification

Study Guide for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Level 1 Award in Wines Programme Specification Spec


On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

1. Explain the key stages of main production processes of wines and spirits; 
2. Identify the principal types, characteristics and styles of wines and spirits;
3. Describe the key principles and practices involved in the storage of wine and spirits;
4. Discuss the principles of food and wine & spirits pairing; and
5. Demonstrate the correct service of wine and spirits.

Programme Structure

This 3-credit programme will have 12 face-to-face lecture hours. The lecturer will deliver the module in the wine room at IEC. Students learnt how to taste and appreciate wine and spirits; and how to serve wine in a professional way. Students will be able to get the WSET level 1 Award in Wines upon passing the programme with a mark of 70%.


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Details of Module

Introductory wines and spirits tasting and servicing