MBA SPECIALISATION IN INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS MANAGEMENT

Stand out as an expert with strategic business skills to reach managerial positions within
the Wine & Spirits Industries in Bordeaux, the Wine Capital of the World.

LOCATION

Courses taught on our campuses in Bordeaux (France)

LANGUAGES

English or French

INTAKE

October 2023

Education goals

In today’s complex, globalised and competitive environment, the Wine and Spirits industry needs intelligent, adaptable managers with international profiles to face future challenges.

Develop your management skills applied to this specific and international industry. You will also gain real knowledge of Wine & Spirits through a professional certification (WSET) and a variety of hands-on events. 

> MBA success rate in 2021: 98.9%

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• MBA in International Hotel Management (French State Certified Degree level 7 RNCP)
• European MBA Degree in International Wine & Spirits Management awarded by Eurhodip
• Wine & Spirits Education Trust Professional Certificates Level 2 & 3 in Wines

Real knowledge of Wine & Spirits through wine tasting sessions, conferences, vineyards and cellar visits, workshops…

Solve real case studies, submitted by our partners (improve user experience, create a wine or spirit product, develop a Wine Tourism Strategy…)

Gain managerial, sales & technical skills: Sales & Marketing of Wine & Spirits, Marketing Strategy, Economy of Tourism & Hospitality…

Finish your studies with a highly strategic 6-month internship, which often turns into your first job opportunity

Get a real hands-on approach: 98% of our professors are active professionals

> Satisfaction level of students on internships in 2021-2022: 8/10

MAIN JOBS & POSITIONS

Build your international career in a blooming industry as there are so many career opportunities 

> MBA Employment rate in 2021: 74.4% (based on 87.7% of respondents)

WINE AND SPIRITS:
Food & Beverage Manager, Sommelier, Oenologist, Wine & Spirits Cellar Manager

SALES:
Wine trader, Export Manager, Brand Ambassador, Commercial Director, General Manager, Wine & Spirits Key, Account Manager, Purchasing Manager, Technical Sales Engineer, CSR Officer, Wine & Spirits head of large distribution

MARKETING, COMMUNICATION, EVENTS:
E-Commerce Project Manager, Community Manager, Marketing Manager, Communication Officer, Wine Tourism Manager, Events Manager

Salary: about €39k within a year after graduation.

OVERVIEW OF COURSES

Main topics:

Sales & Marketing of Wine & Spirits

Marketing Strategy

Economy of Tourism & Hospitality

Brand Management

Market Trends

Wine & Spirits Law

Strategy of International trade in the Wine & Spirits industry

DEVELOP IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF WINE AND SPIRITS
WITH THE WSET CERTIFICATION

Our MBA allows students to take the Level 2 and 3 Certificates of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) – the most important Wine and Spirits training institute at the international level.

WSET Level 2 in Wines 

The program focuses on fundamentals of wine commerce, regulations, tasting, viticulture and winemaking. Students will be inspired to learn to
communicate on these topics objectively and confidently.

WSET 2 success rate in 2022: 97,62%

(vs International Success Rate in 2021: 93%)

WSET Level 3 in Wines

This program will empower the student and ensure in-depth understanding of wine quality and style; and a highly trained wine tasting palate.

WSET 3 success rate in 2022: 54,76%

(vs International Success Rate in 2020: 40%)

Veronica Wells, WSET Instructor at Vatel Bordeaux

«In this day and age in an extremely competitive and increasingly international market, WSET qualifications are the international standard for global wine knowledge.

Vatel’s decision and investment in enabling a direct passage to Level 3 Award in Wines includes offering 70% more classroom hours than standard requirements. As a result VATEL is proud to boast a higher than average global pass rate for this challenging qualification.»

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE LEARNING IN BORDEAUX, THE WINE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

4 Vineyards/Cellar Visits & 8 Workshops

Bordeaux, the world capital of the finest wines, is the perfect location to learn about wine and spirits.

During visits and tasting sessions, head off with wine professionals and enthusiasts to discover the most prestigious vineyards.

All the activities are organized and animated by the expert Jean-Pascal Paubert, Director of the Bordeaux International Wine & Spirits Academy & Director of the French SOPEXA exam in Wine & Spirits for South- Eastern Asia, South Korea & Chine.

IDEAL WINE WORKING ENVIRONEMENT

7,000 wine estates

20 minutes from the world’s best vineyards and wineries

10 minutes from the city center by tram and 10 minutes from the famous la ‘‘Cité du Vin’’ museum

saint-emilion

ADMISSIONS & FEES

To apply for the MBA program at Vatel Bordeaux, applicants must follow the application process available here and comply with the appropriate entry requirements:

Direct Entry: Bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Tourism Management or Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management or Sales

Preparatory Course / Foundation Year: According to your profile, you will need to register for one of these programs, in order to be admitted to the MBA

To study in English: Equivalent to CEFR B2/C1: IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT 90, Cambridge CPE B2, TOEIC 945 points, CAE B2 or FCE Grade B

To study in French: Equivalent to CEFR B2: DELF / TCF B2 (minimum) DALF C1 (recommended)

All the fees are available here.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Our first priority: an inclusive sense of service
We are committed to offering a personalised welcome to our students with disabilities.
If you have a disability, please contact us so that we can help and guide you in your application and procedures.

CONTACT

Lucie Fuentes
International Recruitment
Director

[email protected]

Bianca Bekker
International Recruitment & Admissions Assistant

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