We have farewelled a decade that had marked our 15-year anniversary. We are welcoming 2020 and the new decade that comes along with excitement and a strong sense of responsibility.
Indeed 15 years have passed since that November day back in 2004 when oyur first WSET class took place. Since the very beginning our vision was inspired by two major goals: on the one hand to establish a process that could assist our students towards achieving their wine-oriented aspirations. On th eother hand to help -or even become the trailblazer- in the effort of elevating the standards of wine professionals and enthusiasts in Greece.
The nature of our objectives is such that maybe there is no actual closure ever. Still, I do believe that many great things have happened during the last 15 years that have even exceeded our expectations. I could highlight our award in 2009 as "WSET Besti Educator of the Year; together with our increasing involvement with othet WSET APPs around the world and the remarkable work done by Greek winemakers, Greek wine has gained the attention of professionals and enthusiasts globally. No wonder that Greece has remained in the new WSET Diploma syllabus (in the section of smaller countries together with Portugal and Hungary) launched in August 2019. Along the way, the strategic collaboration with Court of Master Sommeliers was established, offering the opportunity to Sommeliers from every part of the world to visit Athens twice a year and test their knowledge and skills at the premium examining body of Sommeliers worldwide. Just before the expiration of the decade, we set our foot at our brand new, spacious premises able to host the steadily increasing number of our students, while delivering the best possible learning enviromnent.
It is true, we have grown; it is true we have accomplished many of our goals; still we choose to consider each accomplishment as a step to an new goal. And that is exactly the philosophy we would like to pass on to all our students. We want to see our students become active advocates of a sustainable wine culture that leaves no room to arrogance. To make the less savvies inspired to continue their wine journey, to respect the producers and the scientists that are behind each bottle of wine.
We keep going.
Thank you for everything!
Konstantinos Lazarakis MW
President of WSPC® LTD