Armagnac Academies launched

17 September, 2013

The BNIA (Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac) has launched a programme to educate drinks professionals about France’s oldest spirit.

Known as the Armagnac Academies they will be led in the UK by Edward Bates, a freelance spirits writer, former spirits buyer at Berry Bros & Rudd, who runs The Spirits Authority consultancy.

The academy will entail one day of learning including lectures, tastings and a written exam. The first session will take place this autumn in London at Vinopolis in central London.

Candidates will pay £100 (excl VAT) per person for an in-depth insight into Armagnac, its three regions of production and the soil types in each. They will be made award of how it is made and from which grapes; how the wine is produced and then distilled; the different types of alambic stills used and the rules and regulations surrounding the age categories; the wood used for the barrels employed for ageing and the blends and the vintages.

Successful candidates will get with an official BNIA qualification certified by the bureau.

Keywords: spirits, brandy, armagnac




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