The Doemens Institute in Munich offered a “Water Sommelier” course from October 4-14, 2016. 11 participants from all over the world (Spain, Poland, Belgium, Macau, Philippines, Romania and Turkey) met in Munich to attend the first English language water sommelier course in the world. All participants completed the course successfully and could receive the coveted “Water Sommelier” certificate.
The training program for water sommeliers is unique in the world and is held at the internationally renowned Doemens Academy in Graefelfing near Munich. Theoretical knowledge transfer about the widely varying water types and their characteristics is supplemented by procedural knowledge regarding the use of sensory equipment. There are also group tasks and field trips. In total, 80 training units are held in 9 course days. The participants have to demonstrate their acquired knowledge in 4 written and practical exams, which span all facets and areas of operation of a water sommelier.
Doemens’ goal is to convey the idea that water is not just water but a very precious natural product with terroir, unique nutritional benefits and unique sensory characteristics.