Wine courses

Wine education is hot! Take advantage of our guide to all the worthwhile formal courses we know of around the world.

Internationally recognised

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    The big daddy of them all, the British wine trade's professional educational body now runs courses at a variety of levels for 85,000 students in over 70 different countries and 18 languages. Many non professionals now take the courses too. The WSET Diploma exam is virtually a pre-requisite for the Master of Wine course (see below). WSET is headquartered in an airy building near Borough Market/London Bridge station.

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    This is the highest academic calling for wine amateurs in every sense and wine professionals such as wine merchants (as opposed to winemakers and vine growers, who may prefer to take specific degrees in those subjects). Only a few hundred people, from all over the world, have qualified for those coveted initials since the Institute's beginnings in 1953. Courses and exams are held in the UK, US and Australia, with Germany in the pipeline. See here to read Richard Hemming's account of studying for this qualification, including details of examination questions.

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    'The Court of Master Sommeliers was established to encourage improved standards of beverage service in hotels and restaurants.

    Education was then, and remains today the Court’s charter.

    The first Master Sommeliers examination was held in the United Kingdom in 1969. By 1977 the Court Of Master Sommeliers was established as the premier examining body for Sommeliers worldwide.'

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    The Guild provides study & certification programs on the wines and wine regions of France, Italy and Spain.

Universities

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    Including Roseworth Agricultural College. Australia's principal and influential centre of wine education and research.

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    Offers a Masters in Wine Technology and Viticulture. Below Masters level they offer a Grad Diploma and Grad Certificate in Wine Technology and Viticulture. There are also single undergraduate subjects available, which run in the summer semester or winter semester.

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    One of Australia's foremost research and teaching institutes for grape-growers and winemakers, including distance learning opportunities.

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    Home to the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, established in 1996. Contact Barb Tatarnic for further information.

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    The Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin runs very high-powered, full, residential academic courses in both the production and appreciation of wine. An ability to speak French is virtually a prerequisite.

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    Created in 2011, WSMA (Wine & Spirits Management Academy) is the KEDGE BS Centre of Excellence in Wine and Spirits. It is recognised by French and international professionals of the wine and spirits sector. Its activities are structured in five poles:

    1. WSMA Education: coordination and development of wine and spirits teaching programmes

    2. WSMA Academic Network: development of cooperation agreements with international universities serving wine region development in the world

    3. WSMA Business Relations: development of business relationships with wine and spirits companies, dedicated institutions, and KEDGE BS global alumni network

    4. WSMA Intelligence: provider of information and decision-support tools for the industry

    5. WSMA Events: organiser of wine and spirits operations to accelerate business development

    Four main programmes are offered in the field of Wine and Spirits Management:

    1. MVS in French: “Mastère Spécialisé en management des vins et spiritueux”, part-time, for Master’s students

    2. MVS in English: MSc in Wine and Spirits Management, full time, for Bachelor’s international students. This new programme enables participants to obtain the WSET®Level 3 Award in Wines. Opening in September 2016

    3. Major Wine and Spirits Management of the Global MBA: up to five two-week sessions dedicated to wine and spirits Management in Bordeaux, Sonoma, Adelaide, Stellenbosch, and Shanghai. For professionals only.

    4. WSMA Certificate: short programme in Wine Marketing and Strategy for professionals

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    Particularly covering polyphenols and commercial yeast.

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    Offers some English language courses on Rhône wines, as well as professional degree courses in French.

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    A leading viticultural and oenological research institute.

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    Offers undergraduate and graduate programs in viticulture and wine science, as well as Diplomas for wine enthusiasts.

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    Plumpton College is the UK centre of excellence for teaching, training and research in wine business and production. For over three decades, Plumpton has been supporting GB’s wine industry with a wide range of programmes, from Level 3 (‘A’ level equivalent) through apprenticeships, to university degrees in wine business and production, including the MSc in Viticulture and Oenology. In addition, Plumpton College offers bespoke training courses for businesses, a wide range of Wine & Spirit Education Trust courses, and, through the WineSkills project, short and intensive courses for wine professionals. Located in the heart of Sussex, Plumpton boasts outstanding teaching facilities, including a purpose-built wine centre with teaching rooms, labs, sensory evaluation room and research centre, as well as ten hectares of vineyards and a commercial winery, where students produce award-winning still and sparkling wines.

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    Offers MBA and Postgraduate Diplomas in Wine Business Management to students of any nationality. Aimed at graduates and wine professionals.

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    Generally known as Davis, and the principal centre for teaching viticulture and oenology in the Americas.

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    Housing the first licensed, bonded winery in the US.

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    Centre of viticultural and oenological research, particularly concerned with disease-resistant and winter-hardy vines.

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    Sonoma State was the first university in the United States to offer an undergraduate degree in wine business (since 1998), a Wine MBA (since 2008), and most recently an Executive Wine MBA (since 2012). In addition to the degree programs in wine business, the university offers a number of wine business seminars and certificate programs at its campus in California. The campus programs are supplemented by an online program in Wine Business Management serving students in over a dozen countries. Contact Jessica Heing.

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    A school that offers three distinct programmes, designed to fit students' needs and initial background:

    MSc in Wine Business: 100% English taught, created in 2009. Intended for students and graduates with prior experience in hospitality or wine industry, intending to create their own business or becoming business specialists in the wine industry

    MSc in Wine Management: 100% English taught, created in 2012. Intended for students and graduates with no prior experience in the wine industry, intending to start a career in a managerial position in any sector of the wine industry

    Specialised Master Commerce International des Vins et Spiritueux (CIVS): Ranked 1st Master 'Luxury Management: Food and Beverage' in France (6th worldwide), Eduniversal, 2017. 100% French taught, created in 1988. Dedicated to students, graduates or professionals with or without prior experience, preferably in the wine industry, intending to take various positions in the wine trade. This programme is also proposed on a part-time basis (Paris)

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    Offers a Wine Specialist Certificate and professional sommelier training for the industry (the latter in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers).

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    Johnson & Wales University offers both a Sommelier minor and Beverage Service Management concentration for matriculating students in Food Service Management as well as Food Entrepreneurship degree programs. They are currently proposing a major for Beverage Management and Sommelier Management degree. Accredited to offer consumers and trade professionals WSET and SWE courses of study for certifications.

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    The NMIT recently was accredited to offer degrees and not just diplomas, and the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking offers a three-year full-time degree, which can be studied part time. They also offer shorter diploma courses in viticulture, wine production, wine science, wine chemistry, international wine industry and wine appreciation or bar work courses.

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    Offers both a Bachelors Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology. The Centre for Viticulture and Oenology (CV&O) acts as a focus for New Zealand and global interdisciplinary research on wine, from soil to glass.

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    The Northwest Wine Academy is dedicated to developing wine professionals for the wine, food service, and hospitality industries by providing an educational program with certificates and diplomas. The Academy is a functioning winery providing students with applicable experience from the vineyard to the customer. It offers three degree/certificate options: winemaking; wine marketing; food and wine pairing. It also is a certified Wine Scholar Guild, French & Italian Wine Scholar Guild provider, and hosts WSET courses through the Wine and Spirit Archive based in Portland.

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    The International Wine Institute (ISV) is a private business school offering wine-focused courses in Montpellier on commercialisation, exports, marketing, communication, wine tourism, and e-commerce. These courses are aimed at young graduates or professional retraining and who wish to be trained for roles in management, marketing, communication and tourism in the wine and spirit industry. The school also offers a bachelors degree in wine business and marketing, an MBA in wine and international markets, and an MBA in wine tourism and communication.

Consumer

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    Based in Rust, Austria's Weinakademie offers a number of professional qualifications including the WSET Level 4 Diploma.

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    WSET Approved Programme Provider for the Benelux. Contact Sybille Troubleyn.

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    The Bouilland Symposia, of 4-5 days' duration, take place three times a year in Burgundy. They are limited to a maximum of ten participants and are designed to educate both professionals and amateurs. Allen Meadows presides over a single village appellation Master Class, the Jasper Morris Symposium consists of an overview of Burgundy. There are winemaker dinners, visits to domaines and geological walks with Françoise Vannier-Petit. Tutored tastings and winemaker dinners are held at the home of Becky Wasserman-Hone, and Russell Hone. Lodging: in the village of Bouilland at the local hotel or in apartments.

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    This week-long intensive course at the Chêne Bleu estate in Provence combines the WSET Level 2 Certificate with their own Food and Wine Pairing Certificate. Designed and tutored by Master of Wine Clive Barlow, it includes far more tasting (and far more top-notch wines) than other similar courses – about 100 wines in total. It's set in beautiful and luxurious surroundings but also allows students to get hands-on experience in the vineyard and winery.

    Extreme Wine WSET Level 2: 16–22 September 2018

    The next step up, Beyond Extreme, is a little more 'studious' and takes you to WSET Level 3, providing a systematic framework for tasting and evaluating wine.

    Beyond Extreme WSET Level 3: 22–28 September 2018

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    Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Paris, L'École du Vin caters for some 15,000 students a year. Courses and programs include WSET Levels 1, 2 & 3 which are offered in Paris, Lille, Lyon and Strasbourg.

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    French Wine Adventures is based at Terroir Feely, an organic and biodynamic estate one hour from Bordeaux city and offers WSET Level 2 plus custom courses on wine and food pairing, French wine and winemaking and on organic and biodynamic wine growing, production and certification.

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    Michel Bettane and Bernard Burtschy's school based in Paris. Offers various degustations and masterclasses.

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    Linked with the Lycée Viticole de Beaune, the CFPPA runs a range of courses from an international postgraduate program to several short courses in English for amateurs and professionals.

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    Winevox offers WSET Levels 2 and 3 to wine professionals in Bordeaux, taught by local MWs. They also provide courses such as English for the wine industry, Basics of Chinese and seminars on topics such as social media in wine, wine tourism, Asian wine markets by key speakers.

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    Cristina Otel offers highly regarded short programs/day courses in Beaune.

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    Fine wine supplier to yachts which also offers MW-led WSET courses in the south of France.

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    Based in Koblenz, with branch campuses in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Offers sommelier training.

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    WSET Levels 1 & 2 offered in German and English, and Level 3 offered in German. Courses take place in Hamburg.

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    Wine courses from beginner to advanced level, with the option to study for a national wine diploma (SWEN).

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    Offers tours and wine appreciation classes.

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    This group of about 60 lecturers all over Britain with at least WSET Diploma or equivalent experience can be hired to lecture and conduct tastings, and many offer their own local courses.

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    Venerable St James’s Street merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd, in London SW1, was awarded Wine Educator of the Year award at the 2012 International Wine Challenge. Their Wine School courses are friendly, fun and informative; students benefit from the company’s 316 years of wine expertise and the experience of their knowledgeable teaching staff, including eight Masters of Wine.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in the Birmingham region. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. Office address follows; see website for venue details.

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    WSET accredited courses and informal tasting events in Birmingham and around the UK.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Cambridge. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    Davy's run a series of masterclasses and wine suppers billed as fun but informative.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in the City and East London. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Level 2 & Level 3 Awards. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    Offers one-off evening classes for interested amateurs.

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    Erica Dent – WSET's 2013 Educator of the Year – teaches WSET qualification courses Levels 1 to 3 for the WSET’s flagship School in London. Her company, EDW, runs WSET courses at venues across the south from Dorset to East Sussex, such as Bournemouth, Southampton, Winchester, and Brighton Universities. EDW also runs bespoke in-house WSET training for hospitality businesses.

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    Host regular tastings together with informal Saturday classes at sister establishment The Brackenbury Wine Rooms. See website for further details.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Southampton and Winchester. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in St Albans and Harpenden. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Level 1 & Level 2 Awards. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    Offers Wine Master Classes overseen by Master Sommelier Mathieu Longuere.

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    Offers WSET courses at its Head Office in Theale and in Gloucester which are open to customers as well as staff.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Preston and Blackpool. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. (Another franchise of the rapidly expanding Newcastle Wine School.)

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    Consumer wine courses at various levels, featuring one-day workshops as well as evening courses over several weeks. Covers general introductions and more specialist areas, at a variety of venues around London.

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    Offers occasional wine courses and regular wine evenings in addition to professional food & wine qualifications.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Manchester. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. (Another franchise of the rapidly expanding Newcastle Wine School.)

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    Popular range of particularly practical courses at many levels held by Michael Schuster, mostly early evenings, at Bordeaux Index in Farringdon, London. His courses are reputedly more fun than most and cover a wider range of wines than the auction houses, which tend to concentrate on the finest, most traditional. Michael also runs pre-exam MW student courses.

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    An independent and rapidly expanding wine education company running courses and tastings in Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Leeds. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Foundation and Intermediate levels and plan to expand this to other locations in the form of franchises (see above).

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    Private Cellar offers tutored tastings and corporate entertainment.

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    Rose Murray Brown MW offers fun, relaxed wine courses, tastings, dinners and corporate events in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, St Andrews and Newcastle. Tastings to suit all knowledge levels. She also hosts regular tours to wine regions abroad.

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    Run by acclaimed master sommelier Ronan Sayburn, the RS Wine Academy offers training for trade and public, WSET 2 and 3 courses, and masterclasses in anything from food and wine matching, how to taste wines, and more technical subjects such as wine faults. He also organises and runs bespoke corporate events.

    Most courses are held at 67 Pall Mall, where Ronan is Head of Wine.

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    Run an 8-part wine course in the boardroom of The Spectator offices. Each session is led by a different supplier to The Spectator Wine Club, including established merchants such as Berry Bros. & Rudd and Corney & Barrow.

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    Run a range of courses (including WSET Levels 1-3) in London, Bristol and the Midlands, catering for amateurs and trade professionals.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Guildford and Dorking. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network. Office address below; see website for venue details.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Sussex and Kent. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also offer WSET Level 2 & Level 3 Awards. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network. Office address below; see website for venue details.

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    Offers informal evening wine tastings and WSET Levels 1-3, plus a huge range of courses on food and beverage management aimed at the trade.

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    Offers a range of informal two-hour tastings at its Tufnell Park and Greenwich shops.

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    Offers residential WSET courses of one-, three- and five- day durations.

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    Based in Bristol the WEWSA offers regular masterclasses as well as WSET courses at all levels, including the Level 4 Diploma. For venue details and further information contact Lys Hall.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in West London. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Intermediate & Advanced levels. Set up as a franchise by the same company as the Newcastle Wine School and run by the former WSET training person at First Quench.

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    Based in York, but operating on a national basis, with other training centres in Harrogate and Leeds, The Wine Academy is now one of the biggest wine education companies in the country, and was awarded the Wine Educator of 2011 by the WSET. In 2008 they opened a satellite wine school in Bordeaux at the request of a French Agricultural College to teach their mainly French and Chinese winemaking students about New World wines. The teaching staff are all WSET Certified Educators. The academy runs everything from WSET courses to corporate events to fun wine tastings and workshops.

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    Wine courses in London and across the country, to suit all levels.

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    A national organisation based in London, utilising internationally recognised Italian Sommelier Association (AIS) curriculum, providing internationally recognised and awarded education, consultation services, industry services, event creation and professional qualifications.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Leeds, York and Harrogate. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also offer WSET Level 2 & Level 3 Awards. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    General wine appreciation courses delivered in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns, some with structured assessments and completion certificates available.

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    Run WSET Levels 1-3, along with three and five week wine appreciation courses, palate trainer classes and other one-off master classes (eg Champagne & Sparkling, Food & Wine Matching).

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    A former WSET Wine Educator of the year, James Cluer MW offers accredited courses across Canada and the US.

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    Offers WSET courses and the French Wine Society program in Ontario.

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    Offers WSET Levels 1-3.

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    Okanagan's WSET approved program provider, with classes led by Rhys Pender MW.

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    A long-established WSET course provider, the AWSEC was awarded the WSET's Wine Educator of the Year Award 2014.

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    Berry Bros& Rudd offer introductory courses to wine regions in the form of tutored tastings, as well as WSET qualifications, at their Hong Kong premises.

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    Established in 1987, the Academie du Vin has schools in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya which offer wine tuition in Japanese and English.

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    Temple University Japan, an American university, offers a 20-hour 'Master Wine Class' in English. It takes place on five consecutive Saturdays.

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    Joanne Moss runs beginner and advanced wine and food appreciation courses.

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    Berry Bros & Rudd Singapore offer tastings and master classes hosted by multi-lingual experts.

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    Offers the Society of Wine Educators' CSW program (see below) and will soon run the French Wine Society's French Wine Scholar course (see International listings).

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    Offers WSET and French Wine Scholar courses.

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    Est. 2002. Offers WSET programs and less formal courses for enthusiasts in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chicago.

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    Founded by Jay Youmans MW, Capital Wine School run WSET programs Levels 1-3 as well as the Level 4 Diploma. In addition, they offer a number of other courses and classes from organizations such as the Society of Wine Educators, The French Wine Society and the Guild of Sommeliers.

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    Casual wine classes at this wine bar are taught by Master Sommelier Laura Maniec.

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    The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, California runs food and wine courses for enthusiasts as well as an Accelerated Wine & Beverage Certificate Program for trade professionals.

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    Offers a number of wine courses and speciality courses for enthusiasts.

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    This New York school, founded in 1982, is now US headquarters of the WSET. See website for full details of WSET course providers across the US.

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    Intensive sommelier training. The first school with a sommelier training program to be approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers. 11 Master Sommeliers on faculty.

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    Long-established 10-week evening course held in 18th century NY townhouse on 29th at 3rd. With a certificate at the end for those who pass blind tasting. Also single-topic New School University Wine Classes held at the same venue.

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    Founded in 2011 and run by Christian Oggenfuss, DipWSET, French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Professional, American Wine Expert. The school offers professional wine certifications including the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Levels 1-3, French Wine Scholar (FWS), Society of Wine Educators’ programs (SWE), Italian Wine Professional (IWP), American Wine Expert (AWE), SommDay School with Tim Gaiser MS, and many consumer-based programs as well. Courses available in Napa Valley, Santa Barbabra, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and online.

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    Est. 2002 in Southern California, Neptune School of Wine offers WSET courses (including the Level 4 Diploma) as well as the French Wine Scholar program overseen by Master Sommelier Peter Neptune. Orange and San Diego counties.

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    Hosts beginner, advanced and WSET programs in the Philadelphia area.

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    Run by David Glancy, Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator. The school provides professional wine studies including French Wine Scholar (FWS), Society of Wine Educators’ programs (SWE), California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) and much more.

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    The American counterpart of Britain's Association of Wine Educators (see above). Although there is no formal minimum qualification for its members, this is a good way of tracking down wine expertise in your area. The society also organises tours of wine regions.

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    Est. 2010, the Vermont Wine School offers WSET and FrenchWine Scholar courses as well as less formal wine tastings and themed wine flights in their wine bar and retail store.

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    Kevin Zraly has relocated to the Marriott Marquis. Courses run over eight Monday evenings and concentrate on good wines.

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    Founded in 2001 by Keith Wallace, The Wine School offers classes and certification courses for everything from wine basics to advanced diploma programs. You can also go to learn about beer, food pairing, cookery and spirits. Courses are apparently booked out well in advance.

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    Established in 1991, Utah's first, and longest established wine school. Provides wine education classes, 1-12 week courses, sommelier training and travel opportunities to wine regions.

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    Winner of IWC Wine Educator of the Year in 2011. We host Fun & Informal Wine Tasting Courses & Experience Days throughout the UK. Suitable for beginners and budding wine enthusiasts alike.

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    Based in mid-Sussex, they run wine courses, tasting parties and corporate events in south-east England and London.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Edinburgh. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Glasgow. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Bristol and Bath. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Chester & Liverpool. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Nottingham & Derby. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Oxford & Cheltenham. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Hampstead/Belsize Park. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Greenwich & across South London. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses, tastings & corporate wine events in Chelmsford & Colchester. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they also offer WSET Courses. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    Run by Jane Hunt MW and Robert McNulty AIWS. An Approved Programme Provider for The Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Various locations across Italy.

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    Run by Raul Diaz, WSET-certified educator, and ex sommelier in Michelin-starred restaurants working with Michel Roux Jr and Gary Rhodes, and head of training at Jascots Wine Merchants. Offers WSET courses levels 1, 2 and 3, as well as consultancy services and wine events.

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    Part of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management and one of the leading restaurants within Oxfordshire. The restaurant itself serves as a training ground for students in the hospitality industry and the Brookes Cookery and Wine School offers various courses including WSET level 1 and 2.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Reading, Windsor and Berkshire. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also soon offer WSET Awards. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    An independent wine education company running courses and tastings in Norwich. For people who enjoy wine and want to learn more in a relaxed and friendly style. Tastings to suit all levels of knowledge from beginner to advanced. As well as the more informal courses, they will also soon offer WSET Awards. A member of the www.localwineschool.com network.

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    Run regular wine tastings and wine courses in Greater Manchester, as well as private tastings for friends, family or work events. Certified to run WSET Level 1 and 2 wine courses, with Spirits and Level 3 coming soon.

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    Leading Academy of Wines and Spirits (LAWS) is an independent wine education company based in Liverpool Organic Brewery offering WSET courses, levels 1, 2 and 3, as well as consumer and corporate wine tastings and events.

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    VSF Wine Education (with VSF standing for Vin Sans Fin, or 'wine without end') is a London-based wine school running wine and spirits courses, tastings, corporate events, vineyard tours and networking events in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese throughout the year. As well as the more informal workshops, they also offer WSET courses in wines and spirits at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

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    Académie du Vin, London

    The original Académie du Vin Paris wine school was founded by Steven Spurrier in 1973 and gained worldwide renown when, on 24 May 1976, Steven organised the Judgement of Paris – a blind tasting between France and California that is widely regarded as being one of the seminal moments in the emergence of Napa Valley wines onto the world stage.

    Steven has recently revived the Académie du Vin and, with Nancy Gilchrist MW as its course director, he is bringing it to 67 Pall Mall private wine club in central London. The first London edition of Académie du Vin @ 67 Pall Mall will offer two courses: the first a four-week course (at an introductory level to approximately WSET Level 2) and the second course a series of six masterclasses over six weeks. These masterclasses (approximately WSET Level 3 to 4) can be taken collectively or individually.

    All the lecturers are Masters of Wine. They are: Richard Bampfield MW, Beverley Blanning MW, Nancy Gilchrist MW and Peter McCombie MW and they have been chosen not only for their breadth and depth of knowledge but also for their engaging delivery, so you can be sure these evening classes will be not only informative but also highly enjoyable.

    For more details on course content and availability please contact events@67pallmall.co.uk or telephone 0203 794 2480 and mention Purple Pages.

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