Press Release


Press release 7th February 2017


The Champagne Academy appoints new Chairman as record number of applications received for 2017 course


Members of the Champagne Academy met last night at The Law Society, London for their Annual General Meeting, where they elected a new Chairman, Kevin Skeet of Legacy Hotels and Resorts. Kevin takes over from Philip Amps, of Amps Fine Wines, who steps down having served his one year tenure. Champagne Pommery will act as Presidential House for the next twelve months, a role which rotates between the houses each year.


The Champagne Academy, a unique collaboration between sixteen Grande Marque Champagnes, educates the brightest and best members of the wine and hospitality trades in the UK and Ireland on the subject of Champagne. Each year sixteen candidates are selected to attend an in-depth course which is unique in the industry, taking place over the course of a week spent in the region. The course provides unprecedented access to the people, places and wines of Champagne, as well as opportunities to build personal connections that last a lifetime.


The 2017 course has seen a record number of applications from across the wine and hospitality sectors, in a sign of the growing recognition of the importance of the Champagne Academy course.   


New Champagne Academy Chairman, Kevin Skeet, Group Operations Director for Legacy Hotels and Resorts, commented: “I’m delighted that the quality and quantity of applications we have received to become candidates this year is at an all-time high. In partnership with this year’s Presidential House, Champagne Pommery, I look forward to building on the great work done by my predecessor, Philip Amps, to raise the bar even higher and to ensure the future stars of the wine and hospitality industries all aspire to put themselves forward as candidates.”


The names of the sixteen 2017 Champagne Academy candidates will be released in the coming days.


Following the AGM, Champagne Academy members and their guests enjoyed a rare tasting of vintage Champagnes from the sixteen Grandes Marques, many served in magnum.








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Notes to editors

The Champagne Academy was founded in 1956 and brings together sixteen of the pre-eminent Grandes Marques.The sixteen participating Houses are: Bollinger, Charles Heidsieck, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Heidsieck Monopole, Krug, Lanson, Laurent Perrier, Moët & Chandon, GH Mumm & Co, Perrier-Jouët, Piper Heidsieck, Pommery, Pol Roger, Louis Roederer, Ruinart and Taittinger.

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