Italy Considers Wine Classes for Schoolchildren
The Italian government is considering adding classes on Italian wine into the national school curriculum. Children between the ages of six and 13 would receive an hour per week devoted to the thriving Italian wine industry. A government spokesman was quick to point out that the classes were not intended to teach the youngster about drinking, but instead would focus on the rich history or Italian wine and its importance in the national economy. The bill is still in its early stages and will need to complete a lengthy legislative journey through parliament before becoming law. If successful, the subject of wine will be introduced to the national curriculum and taught for one hour a week – the same amount of time children spend studying music and religion.