The Academy

Presentation of AIVA

Driven by excellence

Alsace is among the major wine regions of France and its central geographical location in Europe makes it a privileged place to create an Institute of international reach.

The International Academy of wines in Alsace (AIVA) was born from the initiative of passionate people and the combined will of a region and a wine-producing profession turned to the future.



With thirty years of experience as a business leader in the field of wine, it became necessary for Dominique Destouches and his professional partners to align the training with the reality of the evolution of the world wine trade.

It was in 2015 that Dominique Destouches, President of VPCF (Vins properties et Châteaux de France) launched a training organization dedicated to wines and spirits and partnered with partners to start the project. This year he met Marc Rinaldi, another passionate for decades, of vine and wine. They both accumulate to their assets more than fifty companies as winemaker, creator, Builder, craftsman, buyer, Manager, trader, cavist, trader, importer and exporter. The pooling of their competences leads to the creation of the International Academy of wines in Alsace. Very quickly the actors of the region Grand-Est and more than 1000 winegrowers-harvesters, traders, distributors, cavists, hypers and supermarkets, shops, restaurateurs and other professionals from France and the world join the project.

And it was thanks to these committed partners that AIVA was able to see the day in 2017.

AIVA was also able to benefit from the support of the University of Haute-Alsace. The year 2018 saw foreign universities join the concept and this is how many partnerships with Canada, China, the United States, Mali, Senegal, Switzerland... to give the international dimension sought.


The concept

AIVA to the willingness to facilitate the professional insertion of its students. The pedagogy in Landersheim is thus based on "learning by practicing" and on the realization that "the class is not the point of arrival of knowledge, but the starting point". The strong desire to link theory to practice translates into the cooperation of well-known professionals and highly involved academic partners. The spirit of initiative and creativity is developed by working in a group of students of various horizons and by their welcome in an innovative structure, where classrooms rub shoulders with small open working rooms and relaxing spaces.

The International Academy of Wines in Alsace teaches, develops and deepens all the wine professions: Viticulture, Vinification, Sommeliery, Management, Marketing, Communication, Management, and Marketing. AIVA proposes and ensures the adequacy between the education provided and the professional skills required. AIVA collaborates with people appreciated for their professionalism in the wine sectors, sales, communication, export, wine tourism and others. These professionals will ensure that the training is pragmatic and realistic in the field.

AIVA adapts itself to a very varied audience and offers both very short courses on demand, as well as courses to university degrees. All diploma courses include mandatory periods in companies proposed by AIVA; they are an integral part of the individual project tutoré.

The concept of AIVA is thus divided into three points; a theoretical quality teaching validated by university partners, putting into practice with professionals and the central position of the student by taking control of his training in an environment conducive to innovation.

AIVA ensures the perfect match between education delivered and professional skills required.

Invigorating and inspiring life

AIVA offers a dynamic and inspiring learning environment; classrooms, tasting rooms, relaxation rooms, an amphitheatre, a sports hall... offer an exceptional setting totally dedicated to studious studies.

There is also a university restaurant on campus.

The spirit of teamwork finds a serene space for the development of each individual.

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    Located in Landersheim in the Grand Est region, AIVA is in the heart of Europe in a setting of tranquility and greenery. Accessible by public transport from the surrounding cities. The proximity to Strasbourg airport and the TGV train station is an added bonus in the international dimension of the Academy.

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    Strasbourg-Landersheim Business and Research Centre
    4 Saessolsheim Road, 67700 Landersheim

    SIRET: 8323 0575 9000 25


    TEL: 03 88 75 06 99

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