Press release: South Florida students excel in wine and spirits exams

Students in South Florida have a flair for wine and spirits studies, according to exam results figures released by Florida Wine Academy today.

Students outperformed the global average in every set of WSET results released so far.

WSET qualifications are recognised as the global standard for Wine and Spirits Education.

In 2019, students of Florida Wine Academy achieved a 96% pass rate for the Level 1 qualification in wine compared to a global average of 88%. For Level 1 in spirits, 100% of students passed versus 90% globally.

Students of the higher level 2 exam were similarly successful, with 97% passing the wine exam compared to a global average of 90%. 100% passed the spirits exam versus 96% globally.

Alessandra Esteves, Co-founder and Director of Florida Wine Academy, commented: “This are brilliant results. We are very lucky to have such hard-working students and teachers, and we’re very proud of what they have achieved this year. We’re excited for the year ahead as we have even more courses and classes planned in wine, spirits and even Sake.”

About Florida Wine Academy

Florida Wine Academy is the leading provider of wine, spirits and sake education in Florida. It was founded by Miami residents Alessandra Esteves and Guilherme de Macedo in 2016 and offers a range of classes and courses in wine, spirits and Sake. Classes are taught in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, in English and Spanish. Esteves holds several qualifications in wine and spirits, including the WSET Diploma, and is a Master of Wine (MW) candidate. Macedo is the USA’s first Master Sake Sommelier (MSS).

Esteves and Macedo also founded VinoSummit, the first conference dedicated to wine professionals in the South East United States, and Miami’s annual Champagne week. This year, they launched a retail business,

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