Lauro from Argentina - MSc International Vintage, Erasmus Mundus Programme
I’m from Mendoza and I’m 27. My passion for wine has incited me to take time out from my professional career to follow the MSc International vintage course. My aim? Simply to acquire an international competence in this domain. What attracted me to this course? The fact that all the key factors of vine and wine business management are dealt with, from production to sales.
Originally I had a general degree awarded after five years study called “Ingénieur industriel’ in Argentina. Then I worked for two years for Trivento in Mendoza, which is the number two in Argentina for the export of bottled wines (to 70 countries); the company belongs to Concha Y Oro , the biggest Chilean wine group. My role was to purchase at lowest price the best adapted packaging in the shortest delay !
I arrived end September in Angers. Before arrival the International Service found a room where I could live ‘en famille’ for the first three months of my stay. In fact this formula is recommended, to enable students to make rapid progress in conversational french. But now I have my own bed-sit only three minutes walk from the campus. The scholarship I got from Brussels via Erasmus Mundus enables me to live comfortably.
On the MSc Vintage course we are a group of 20 different nationalities, from 5 continents. The diversity of cultures and the exchange of points of view, among students and lecturers, is particularly rich, especially during group study activities. On our arrival we had studied together an introductory course in French language and culture. Then during the language module of the Vintage course we were taught by linguistic specialists of viticulture and oenology.
The Vintage students also organized the ‘3èmes Rencontres Européennes de la Viticulture en Val de Loire’. I was one of the three students who gave a talk about world wine consumption. Participants of the symposium were researchers from throughout France, and also from the 8 European partners in the MSc vintage. From my point of view, being able to report on the work of my colleagues, in the French language, in front of a public of experts, will remain an unforgettable experience.
At ESA we feel ‘welcomed’ by a dynamic team of students (a ‘godmother’ for all) and a member of the teaching staff as ‘tutor’ to accompany us individually through the course. Leisure activities ? There’s no reason to be bored in Angers ! It’s an average-sized town, calm, but with a rich cultural activity : concerts in the big theatre, all sorts of films (some at reduced prices), and thanks to ESA excursions almost every weekend, and the super discos of Thursday evenings…. and lots of others.
Now we are off to follow a module at the University of Valencia (in Spain), then we’re going on a study-trip to all the wine growing regions of the Iberian Peninsular for three weeks. In September we’ll be following lectures at the Bologna (the capital of Emilia-Romagna) for three months.