Viticulture en France
French Ambassador with Paul Topping, Managing Director, Alpha
Orient Lanka and Ariff Jamal, Senior Lecturer of L’Ecole Des
Vintage is the process of culling ripened grapes and making the
finished product - we call it wine. The vintage wine is one made from
grapes that were all primarily grown in a single specified year.
France has the world's second largest total vineyard surface and
competes with Italy for the position of ranking the world's largest wine
production. France has been the most influential country in the wine
The names of French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and
Champagne are well cheered all over. The style of top french wines have
long been the benchmark for wine making in most wine producing countries
of the world. French wine therefore plays a vital role in French
identity and pride.
Wine making process
Wine making is an art, moreover it is a science as well. Apart from
the process of fermentation, the creativity of the wine maker also plays
an enormous role in producing the "superb quality wine" in the market.
There is no specific recipe for making wine. It depends on the
creativity of the wine maker.
Presentation of the awards
Grapes are harvested in the cool morning hours and moved to the
winery in open bins. After choosing better grapes they are then
transferred to a crusher. There the stems are removed and grapes are
After crushing, the juice from grapes is put in to the fermentation
vats, where alcohol fermentation takes place. When yeast is added, the
conversion of sugar into alcohol and carbondioxide takes place at this
Grape juice is formed in small oak barrels to continue its
development until bottling. Fermented liquid is then transferred to
different vessels. Sometimes they let wine age in stainless steel tanks.
After barrel aging, the wine is fined and filtered. Bottling is the
last step of the wine making process. Wine is bottled in sterile
environmental conditions and sealed with a cork. At wine haven, the air
is removed from the bottle's headspace immediately before the cork is
Diploma course in wine - making
The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), in
affiliation with L'Ecole Des Vins Bourgogne of France conferred the "
Connoirsseur Wine Diploma" to those who followed the second consecutive
diploma course in wine - making, conducted by the Labels Wine Academy
The unique event was marked with the giving away of nine prestigious
diploma awards and twenty certificates to students who had completed a
three month course. The graduation ceremony was held recently at the
residence of the French Ambassador to Sri Lanka, H. E. Michel Lummaux.
The French Ambassador H. E. Michel Lummaux with Mrs. Lummaux
Many distinguished guests were present at the ceremony including
Managing Director of Alpha Orient Lanka - Paul Topping Senior Lecturer
of L'Ecole Des Vins Bourgogne France ( French wine school) Dr. Ariff
Jamal who flew from France to Sri Lanka especially to conduct the theory
and practical parts of the diploma programme, The Chairman of the Sri
Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management - S. G. D. Palihakkara
and the Principal of the Sri Lanka Hotel School - Kamal Hapuwatta.
The diploma course was sponsored by Alpha Orient Lanka/ LABELS in
collaboration with the French Embassy in Colombo. The classes were held
at the SLITHM under the supervision of the French Embassy.
The candidates were senior level staff from the Hotel School, five
star hotels and popular restaurants. The participants have exhibited the
excellent ability of training those who are interested in the field in
The examination was held before the diploma was conferred at the
French Trade Commission in Colombo.
The certificate is internationally recognized and the verification of
answer scripts were carried out at L'Ecole Des Vins Bourgogne France
under strict international standards and globally accepted guidelines.
Paul Topping, Managing Director of Alpha Orient Lanka, giving his
ideas of the programme stressed " The aim of the programme is to
collectively uplift the service standards of the hospitality industry in
Sri Lanka. This is why we had decided to sponsor the Connoisseur Wine
It is also important to evaluate and uplift the involvement of the
private sector in developing tourism sector and the wine category in Sri
Lanka and it will be a great opportunity to discover the usefulness, aim
and the future of this course and to share the experience of this
diploma with the participants as well as the diploma holders".