Viticulture and wine education in Csongrád-Csanád and Bács-Kiskun counties

A question that regularly arises is, which professions should learn about wines? About the basics of winemaking, wine tasting and evaluation. Do only professionals need to know the wines of the world, together with geographical features and grape varieties? The answer, of course, is clearly no. Because, in fact, everyone who comes into contact with wine - must be able to appreciate wines. Here, of course, the producer himself has a serious responsibility, since if he is not aware of his own wine region or the place and role of his wine in the world, he will not be able to make salable wines. However, the trader, catering specialist, tour guide or organizer involved in tourism, specialist writer is at least as important to the profession as a wine collector and the discerning wine consumer himself. It is not possible to sell large and expensive wines to consumers who do not understand the formation of the price of each wine, cannot follow the process that leads to the determination of the price of each item. Even the untrained consumer can appreciate cheap wines, but the best wines of the Carpathian Basin do not fall into this category.

Wine education courses for professionals and discerning consumers started in Hungary in 1990. At that time, the Order of the Seven Wine Judges and then the Wine College, also led by Gábor Rohály, began to build the system in which several educational institutions now offer their courses.

However, the Order of the Seven Wine Judges was unable to expand due to its name alone, so in 1994, a new organization was created on the initiative of some of the former members, the Borkollégium, which still describes itself as a "table association". 

The London-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust - WSET - granted the Wine College its first international accreditation in 2005.

Participation in the training assumes knowledge of a foreign language. Teaching is partly in English and partly in Hungarian. At the beginning of the 2000s, they started in many places in the countryside within the framework of the Wine College and the CEWI (Central European Wine Institute), which in the meantime also obtained WSET accreditation. Among other things, the Dél-Alföld Borsuli, which is no longer functioning, held joint education with the Borkollégium in Szeged for many years. 

Attila Kiss is now unavoidable in Szeged, and he has been keeping the interest of wine lovers in Csongrád-Csanád County alive for two decades. Within the walls of the University of Szeged, wine tastings are held on a weekly basis with well-known and yet-to-be-discovered producers, for up to 150 participants on occasion. 

Bortársaság Borsulija, one of the best-known wine shops in Hungary, is at least as important today. In their store in Szeged, thematic tastings are regular, mainly introducing young people to the world of quality wines.

Those who prefer academic education can start their studies in Kecskemét. The Faculty of Horticulture and Rural Development of the Neumann János University has launched the Viticulture and Winery Engineer/Manager specialized training and the Viticulture and Winery Engineer training this semester as well. 

The Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences, based in Gödöllő, was established on February 2021, 1, by converting the state-owned Szent István University, established in 2000, into a foundation-maintained university. MATE (Hungarian University of Agrarian and Life Sciences, Gödöllő) also gave those interested from beyond the border the opportunity to get involved in university education at the Lajos Thurzó Community Center in Zenta, among others, as a consultation point in Vojvodina.

In Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely, the viticulturist training course, which provides comprehensive knowledge and gives a state-recognized certificate, starts regularly in accordance with the previous OKJ training courses.

The Sándor Petőfi Sándor Evangelical Kindergarten, Primary School, High School and Vocational Horticultural Secondary School in Kiskőrös is the dominant secondary educational institution in the region, offering 4-6 grade high school or vocational secondary school, technical (wine and champagne production, horticulture and plant protection, and economics) study opportunities. In the educational institution's own 12-hectare teaching area, there is a modern greenhouse, a fruit brandy production workshop, and a mini-wine factory (with processing, storage, bottling, laboratory). 

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