Student testimonials

Our programme locations are in areas with big personality, helping accentuate the student experience. Check out our students' testimonials and discover the opportunities that await upon joining WINTOUR and its vibrant student community.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS - WINESIONARIES 2018-2020

Johanna Lyka Caparas

"I believe in authentic product stories, and this is one reason that drove me to wine. It is a product that is so rich with so many things to be described of, in different angles and layers. Being in product and branding management, I've acquired the talent of reshaping perceptions, simplifying ideas, and enriching memories with product through marketing.
#wintourmaster opens me to several other cultures and understanding that I can share in my country - Philippines; a very hospitable country with a developing taste for wine. Being in a non wine-region, I believe that nothing holds any country to learn, appreciate and understand."

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: BA in Marketing and MA in Business Administration
Professional Background: Brand and Product Marketing Management

Daniela Cohen

"My passion has always been to share my cultural experiences with others, and the Wintour program seemed like the perfect fit to start my journey as a Wine Tourism communicator... Coming from a country where wine is not yet considered a cultural product, my aim is to make it as accessible as possible by using online content with a simple and streamlined language. Join me!"

Partner Country Self-funded Student
Academic Background: Bachelor in Social Communication and Journalism, Post-Grad in Gastronomic Journalism, Sommelière (ABS-RJ)
Professional Background: Journalist, Social Media Manager, Sigital Marketer

Natalia Coto Hernández

"In 2004, I had graduated from tourism and I was working in hospitality. In that moment, the wine world knocked on my door and it was love at first sight. I started to learn on my own and then I studied wine more in depth with the sommelier diploma. I spend a few months in Mendoza, Argentina where I realized I truly loved wine tourism. But I was still missing that professional connection I wanted from both of my careers and this is what Wintour brought to my life. This master was the one I had looked for many years and it has given me the opportunity to learn so much...the knowledge, the experiences and the amazing wines, now I have countless stories to tell. I can assure you #wintourmaster is a new world of possibilities!
I'm Natalia, proudly representing Costa Rica, a small country where the interest and passion for wine keeps on increasing day by day. I'm a proof of that!"

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: Tourism & Sommellierie
Professional Background: Hospitality, Wine&Beer Marketing, Aviation

Euclides Francisco Dos Santos Neto

"Being an oenologist and photographer always sounded to me like the coolest blend I could ever develop, age and label as part of my career. When I got accepted to be part of #wintourmaster, the opportunities to expand my knowledge in both fields unfolded seamlessly, almost as if they were meant to be. The structure of the masters itself incites the innovative side of me to spark, helping not only to observe good examples in the wine industry, but encouraging me to improve them for the future.

My name is Euclides, I'm an inspired Brazilian who is always seeking to break boundaries with a smile and, unpretentiously, help people discover the fascinating world of wine. Be by my eyes or through the eyes of my professional lens."

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: BA Oenology and postgraduate in Marketing and Strategic Management

Le Hoang Khanh Vi

"Wintour has provided me a wonderful experience in Europe, as a sommelier from a very small country, I'm happy to be here as a part of Wintour and represent my lovely Viet Nam. "Dreams don't work unless you do""

Partner Country Self-funded Student
Academic Background: Bachelor in Restaurant Management
Professional Background: Sommelier and restaurant supervisor

Raúl Alejandro Vega Veyra

"”You have a bottle of wine, and these 75cL contain all the stories, people, places, soils, processes, history, the work that has been put on it, what the vines went thru, the passion and the effort. But at the end it all comes down to that one bottle in front of you." - (SOMM: Into the bottle)”
I like thinking that wine tourism is all about understanding and analyzing those factors, while making more steps along this path that is yet to be more and more discovered.
During my professional career and academic formation, I always thought that from the different approaches to eating and drinking, pursuing an experience is the most magnificent and the most memorable one.
With all the current resources and talent as well as the upcoming generations, I am strongly convinced on the capability of my country's different regions as potential sustainable world wine destinations, that could contribute more to the culture, economy and identity of places.
The complexity and the layers are there for those who want them to be but they are not essential for the enjoyment of wine and precisely that's what I enjoy about this master, that focuses on figuring out the factors in the world of wine that create a perception, because your perception is what makes wine special."

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: BA in Gastronomy
Professional Background: Wine Tourism Manager, Restaurant Cook, Wine Stewart

Catherine Leigh Yorke-Hart

    

“Wine and tourism... two of my great passions in life, evoked when I spent time as a wine tourist in my beautiful home country, are perfectly encapsulated in one master - Wintour!
This journey has allowed me the opportunity to live, learn and grow as a future wine tourism professional in at least three iconic wine-producing countries, and I am truly blessed to be a part of this experience. I have no doubt that wine tourism is a fantastic tool for development and that it can be used as a driving force for good in so many different ways. Through hands-on experience and knowledge shared with professors, professionals and a multinational, forward-thinking group of students - I'm ready to face the industry head on. During this time I have also grown so much as a person by being exposed to different cultures, people, places and situations, and I have no regrets about saying yes to this winderful adventure!”

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: BA Communications
Professional Background: Translation and travel agencies

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS - WINESIONARIES 2017-2019

 

Katharine Francis

"No other masters program provides this level of hands-on, experiential learning specifically attuned to the field of wine tourism, all within the context of steeping yourself in the local cultures of three of the world's most fascinating wine capitals. Most importantly, I have already fostered what I know will be life-long connections with other passionate and talented students and professionals who matriculate from all over the world. This is priceless...this is WINTOUR."

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: BA Communications
Professional Background: Communications and Digital Marketing (wine, retail and hotel industries)

Carolina Abreu

"Currently, sharing this passion with people from around the world according to different backgrounds and experiences, is giving me the most complementary vision, broadening my mind more and more, increasing my personal and professional skills, in a way I could never have imagined. Learning in about the most prestigious wine producers regions and methods is so much more effective than theoretical learning. We just finished the first semester, and I already know what I want to do for a living: providing unforgettable experiences and presenting this universe to those who want to know it."

Partner Country Scholarship Student 
Academic Background: Viticulture and Enology
Professional Background: Wine chemistry and tourism.

Vigian Ngan

"This journey would not be amazing without 25 passionate winesionaries studying together. By sharing our cultures and differences with each other, we learn beyond academic and technical knowledge. You could not imagine the chemistry among us. Perhaps wine does the magic and brings out the best in us."

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: Hotel and Tourism Management
Professional Background: Sales and Marketing (catering, commercial kitchen equipment industries)

Juan Cabanzón Maiztegui

"When I started my previous studies in gastronomic sciences, I realized that the key place, where the magic happens, is not in the bottle of wine. The 'miracle' started long ago, when the harvester picked up carefully every bunch of grapes... Having the opportunity to travel around three of the most well reputed wine countries, knowing the terroir of every region, and even more important, meeting who's behind the final product; has been the decisive argument for me to take part of this amazing program."

Programme Country Self-funded Student
Academic background: Bachelor in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts

Georgii Chezhia

"I can confidently say that taking part in the WINTOUR programme is the best choice that I have ever made. It's not just an education, it's so much more. I have never come across such an in-depth and versatile approach to educating students, which is so important in creating highly qualified specialists."

Partner Country Scholarship Student
Academic Background: Bachelor in International Economics

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS - WINESIONARIES 2016-2018

             

Bérenice Dumont

"Wine represents everything I love: heritage, gastronomy, and sharing. I joined the WINTOUR programme​ to complete my educational and professional experience in the wine tourism field, and to improve my English. But my experience so far has been so much more than this. I have met people who share the same passion as me, I am discovering new and exciting wine cultures, and I am being given the motivation to succeed in my future career"
 

Programme Country Student (Self-Funded)
Academic Background: Tourism

                 

Duy Xuan Nguyen

 

"Wintour was really an all-in-one offer to start my journey of pursuing a new profession that matches with my interests in wine and tourism. So far, I am having so much fun exploring the wine world in such a spectacular way and with so many interesting experiences"

Programme Country Student (Erasmus+ Scholarship)
Academic Background: Business Administration

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