A Statement from the Court of Master Sommeliers regarding the Master Sommelier Diploma

It has been brought to our attention that the Alma Scuola Cucina, a hotel school located in Colorno (Parma) Italy, is running a wine programme leading to a "Master Sommelier Diploma." The Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide, which incorporates the Court of Master Sommeliers (Europe) and the Court of Master Sommeliers (Americas) would like to point out that this organization is in no way linked with the above organizations and subsequently does not recognize the qualification offered by the Alma school. The Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide has registered its Master Sommelier logo in the EU, which includes Italy, under registration number 004987988.

We are currently seeking to clarify the situation.

Please be aware that any qualification offered which does not bear the logo of the Court of Master Sommeliers may not be an internationally recognized qualification.

Court of Master Sommeliers
18th October 2012

A copy of the certificate offered by the Scuola Alma Cucina