A series of visits conducted to meet European and French stakeholders for the 30th intake of CIVS students.
After visiting Burgundy, the 22 students of the School of Wine & Spirits Business visited the Provence region, and Vallée du Rhône on 15th-19th January. The next trip will take them to Bordeaux and Cognac in February, Spain in March, and then Alsace, Champagne and Chablis in April.
Close contact with professionals, in the field
Starting from Aubagne, the students visited 15 renowned stakeholders such as le Château Gassier in Provence, le Chateau de Beaucastel, le Domaine Michel Chapoutier, Rhonea Cooperative, le Domaine Yves Cuilleron and la Maison Ogier, which is run by François Miquel, an CIVS alumnus. Students also discovered la Maison Ferroni, which is dedicated to craft spirits and renowned for its commitment to making old fashioned spirits trendy again.
"A conference led by a professional was organised for each visit. It was great to understand keys issues affecting the sector" said Thomas Titeux, a CIVS student. "It was also a good opportunity to cover broader issues such as organic wine production in the Vallée du Rhône area, or the development of craft spirits".
Enthusiastic students today, fully prepared professionals tomorrow
"This batch consists of 22 highly motivated students, from all over the world" said Frédéric Mercier, Programme Director. "We prepare them to become Head Managers in charge of the promotion and sale of wine and spirits in France and abroad. As well as acquiring professional, technical and product-related skills, students also meet directly stakeholders, which is an important exercise for them in understanding specific issues. That is the target of our study trips, trips which are very much appreciated by the students".