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Press ReleaseCésar Ritz Colleges Switzerland signs academic partnership with the Comité Champagne

César Ritz Colleges Switzerland (CRCS), a member of Swiss Education Group, the largest private hospitality educator in Switzerland, has signed a strategic partnership with Comité Champagne (Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne - CIVC) – the official trade body that represents the interests of Champagne Growers and Houses

This collaboration will allow an exchange of expertise and knowledge between CRCS and the Comité Champagne, in the field of wine education and training. Comité Champagne is highly regarded in the wine industry as one of the pioneering regional wine committees in France and is reputed as the model that others have followed. The core mission of the organisation is to manage the wine region (in terms of administration, production, R&D and sustainable development), ensure the protection of the Champagne name, and raise awareness of the value of the Champagne appellation and wines.

Commenting on this latest partnership, Tanja Florenthal, Academic Director at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland said, “We are honoured to work with Comité Champagne to strengthen and further enhance our wine education curriculum. Champagne is known worldwide and plays a significant economic role in the export of French wines and spirits. This partnership will offer our students a valuable opportunity to learn from Champagne experts and hone their skills in a specialised field.”

This agreement will see the integration of the official Champagne Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) into the curriculum of the Wine Clubs at CRCS and all SEG member schools. Champagne MOOC is Comité Champagne’s educational tool that delivers comprehensive coverage of the Champagne appellation and wines in a series of modules. Participants learn about the diversity and tasting of the Champagne wines, the winemaking process, and Champagne region’s unique terroir, history, and economy. In addition, Champagne experts will visit the CRCS campus at Le Bouveret to conduct a wine pairing lunch four times a year. Other educational opportunities for cooperation include study tours, co-hosted tasting sessions, and webinars focused on the promotion of wine knowledge. 

Tanja Florenthal, Academic Direct at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Yong Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Education Group and Vincent Perrin, Director General of Comité Champagne cheering to the new partnership.
“Education plays an integral role in our mission to preserve the interests of the Champagne region’s growers and houses. The youth of today represent emerging leaders and we are delighted to embark on this collaboration with César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, to introduce more in-depth knowledge about Champagne, and nurture the future talents of the industry”, said Vincent Perrin, Director General of Comité Champagne. 

Mr Yong Shen, Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Education Group added, “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to providing diverse high-quality learning opportunities as part of our curriculum. I am sure Comité Champagne will bring great knowledge and expertise to our current students and 24,000-strong global alumni community.”


About Comité Champagne

Comité Champagne (Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne - CIVC) is the official trade body that represents the whole community of growers and houses of this French wine region.

It manages the administration, production, R&D and sustainable development of the production area, the legal protection of the name Champagne, and works to educate consumers and the wine trade to the uniqueness of the Champagne terroir and wines. 

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