Wine education is becoming increasingly popular in Russia and Ukraine. Feedback from a number of Russian and Ukrainian wine school managers suggests that the demand for professional and amateur courses was growing rapidly before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as were the requirements for teaching staff qualifications.
Around 67 schools currently provide wine education in Russia and Ukraine. Half are located in Moscow, 27.8%, St Petersburg and in Kiev 22.2% as well as other cities.
WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) level 1, 2 and 3 courses are increasingly popular and the number of WSET accredited providers in Russia is growing; there are currently nine.
Russians and Ukrainians who have sufficient English-language skills and income prefer to pursue their wine education abroad.
Wine literacy among population is also growing. The "Consumption in Russia - 2019" report indicates that 46% believe that they are well-versed in alcoholic beverages and are confident in their choice. Residents of Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities with over a million inhabitants are better versed than others in alcoholic beverages. Men are generally more confident in choosing alcohol than women (59% versus 33%). As income levels increase, so does the proportion of those who are fairly well-versed in alcoholic beverages: from 38% among low-income respondents to 57% for high-income respondents.