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Wine Courses and Clubs

Welcome to decanter.com's comprehensive listing of wine courses and wine clubs available in the UK and worldwide. Whether you are new to wine and want to get to grips with wine tasting, looking to improve your knowledge, or if you want just want to have a bit of fun, look no further. To add your wine course to this list please contactmarketing@decanter.com Wine CoursesUKOverseasWine ClubsUKOverseas Wine Courses (UK)CourseLocationCoverageAssociation of Wine EducatorsMiddlesexNationalmoreThe Institute of Masters of WineLondonInternationalmoreThe Wine and Spirit TrustLondonInternationalmoreTaste-InUKNationalmore The Court of Master SommeliersDevonNationalmoreThe European Wine AcademyBelgiumInternationalmoreThe Docklands Wine SchoolLondonLocalmoreBerry Bros. & Rudd LtdLondonLocalmoreChristie's EducationLondonLocalmoreConnoisseur Wine SchoolLondonLocalmoreBetter Tasting - Learn how to really tasteLondonLocalmoreBlackheath Conservatoire of Music and the ArtsLondonLocalmoreInstitut FrançaisLondonLocalmoreLondon Wine AcademyLondonLocalmoreWine Uncorked with Tim AtkinLondonLocalmoreWine & Food Academy LondonLocalmoreWinfield Wine EventsLondonLocalmoreNewcastle Wine SchoolNorth EnglandLocalmoreBramhope Wine Appreciation GroupNorth EnglandLocalmoreWine UnearthedMidlands/NorthLocalmoreCoventry University - Certificate/Diploma in Wine StudiesMidlandsLocalmoreCoventry University - Wine Studies Degree MidlandsLocalmoreThe Grapewine CourseMidlandsLocalmoreGrand VinSE EnglandLocalmoreChampagne TuesdaysSE EnglandLocalmoreGrape SenseSE EnglandLocalmore Michael Schmidt WinesSE EnglandLocalmoreTanglewood WineSE EnglandLocalmorePlumpton CollegeSE EnglandLocalmoreThe Wine Education ServiceSE EnglandLocalmoreVintellectSE EnglandLocalmoreWineMattersSE EnglandLocalmoreThirty Fifty LimitedSE EnglandLocalmoreOnce Upon A VineSW EnglandLocalRose Murray Brown MWScotlandLocalmoreCase Studies Wine SchoolScotlandLocalmoreWine UncorkedScotlandLocalmore


Association of Wine Educators

Vivienne Franks

18 Hazel Gardens


Middlesex, HA8 8PB

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 8931 1128

Fax: +44 (0)20 8958 3319

Website: www.wineeducators.com

Email: admin@wineeducators.com

The AWE is a UK group of independent, professional wine educators. We run wine courses, wine tastings, seminars and holidays for both trade and consumers. The AWE offers a resource of highly qualified, specialist wine educators not found elsewhere in the UK. Members come from varied backgrounds with most having experience either in the wine trade, in education or both. Several members are active in the media as wine writers or radio/TV presenters.

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The Institute of Masters of Wine

Mapre House

2 – 3 Philpot Lane



United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (020) 7621 2830

Fax: +44 (020) 7929 2302

The Institute of Masters of Wine exists to promote the highest level of educational achievement for the wine industry, culminating in the internationally recognised qualification of Master of Wine (MW). As a corporate entity it organises all aspects of the Master of Wine examination and education programme, runs tastings and other events programmes, provides membership services to the 236 MWs world-wide, and information and access to specialist advice for the wine industry in general.

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Wine & Spirit Education Trust School

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust

International Wine & Spirit Centre

39-45 Bermondsey Street

London SE1 3XF

Tel: +44 (0)20 7089 3800 (main switchboard)

Fax: +44 (0)20 7089 3847

Website: www.wset.co.uk

Email: school@wset.co.uk

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) provides high-quality training in wines and spirits from its base in London to centres across the UK and internationally. Five levels of qualifications are offered, from the one-day WSET Foundation Certificate in Wines through to the WSET Honours Diploma, a recognised stepping stone to the Master of Wine qualification.

An educational charity, run on a self-financing basis, the WSET qualifications are formally recognised by the UK government.

For full details of WSET courses, see www.wset.co.uk/courses/29.asp

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Sophie Jump & John Stimpfig

Internationally available

Website: www.taste-in.com

Email: taste@taste-in.com

Tel: +44 (0)7725 941 447

Private wine tastings at home poured by professionals.

For the ultimate entertainment, experience and education in wine: Chose your favourite personality (Oz Clarke, Steven Spurrier, Robert Joseph, Michael Broadbent, Susie Atkins, Joanna Simon, Charles Metcalfe, Mat Skinner, Tim Atkin and more) to host a tasting in your own home for you and your friends and we will organise the rest.

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Professional Friends of Wine



Website: www.winepros.org

Email: jimlamar@winepros.org

Professional Friends of Wine seeks to increase wine appreciation through wine education and includes a FREE basic wine course, extensive informational, consumer and editorial articles, contemporary and historic photos, diagrams, charts, tasting notes, recommendations, and links.

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The Court of Master Sommeliers

Court of Master Sommeliers

1 Seaway Close




Website: www.courtofmastersommeliers.org


The Court of Master Sommeliers was established to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. Education was then, and remains today, the Court’s charter. The first successful Master Sommelier examination was held in the United Kingdom in 1969. By April 1977, the Court of Master Sommeliers was established as the premier international examining body. It took the Court ten years to perfect its qualifications, which are recognized internationally. Over the two decades since the Court’s first examination was held, 104 candidates have earned the Master Sommelier Diploma. In the service of wine, spirits and other alcoholic beverages, the Master Sommelier Diploma is the ultimate professional credential anyone can attain worldwide.

To when and where the next courses are being held, please visit our website.

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The European Wine Academy

Benelux & France: +32 (0) 53 82 83 39

The Americas & Caribbean: +1 787 221 2384

Germany:+49 (0) 175 326 1024

South Africa:+27 (0) 21 85 54 275

Website: www.europeanwineacademy.org


Formed 2003, providing global e-learning (Distance Education) wine courses for amateurs and potential wine professionals who are unable to attend regular classes, together with leading international wine schools. Courses, Tasting Exercises, PPP’s and Videos provided via secure, dedicated e-learning platform. Some practical experience included in relevant courses, e.g. Summer School in Italy. Courses are offered in English, Spanish, German, French and Dutch and later in Japanese & Chinese.

Courses: Basic and Advanced, both general and professional: Sommeliership, Wine Production, Spirits, Wine Marketing, Management and Oenology. Tutors and course advisors all international and practising wine professionals and academics.

EWA holds an ISO 9001 Certificate for high management and administration.

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The Docklands Wine School

Rawlings Wine

9 Second Avenue


ME11 5JT

Tel: 0779 669 0884

Fax: 0179 566 7922

Website: www.rawlings-and-wine.com

Email: christopherrawlings@btopenworld.com

Explore the fascinating world of wine in the heart of London’s Docklands.

Many people want to expand their wine horizons….but simply don’t have the time to spare. By strategically basing our business at the correct venues in Canary Wharf, we have helped many people solve this frustrating problem.

Rawlings and Wine Ltd is an approved programme provider to the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. In addition to formal wine education, Rawlings and Wine also provides themed tastings for both the private and corporate sectors. These events are usually designed and delivered in a fashion suitable to the occasion.

Whether formal or social, courses and tasting events are conducted in a jovial, humorous nature, pitched in an intentional manner, to hopefully enable, everyone to benefit and gain personal social reward.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd Ltd

3 St. James’s Street


United Kingdom

Tel: 0870 900 4300

Fax: 0870 900 4301

Website: www.bbr.com

Email: rebecca.lamont@bbr.com

Our wine courses aim to increase understanding and enjoyment of wine in the relaxed and informal environment of our 300 year old ‘Pickering Cellar’ in St James’s St. The accent is on interaction and having fun whilst learning about wine. Berrys’ Wine School offers The Introductory Wine Course, The Classic Wine Regions Course, The Bordeaux & Burgundy Course and WSET Intermediate and Advanced Certificates. In addition Berrys’ Wine School is held in Basingstoke. Also learn from our themed winetastings.

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Christie’s Education

153 Great Titchfield Street



United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7665 4350

Fax: +44 (0)20 7665 4351

Email: education@christies.com

Website: christies.com/education

‘The Christie’s Wine Course’ is respected throughout the world as one of the market leaders.

• Entertaining and informative – Covers the three criteria that make a fine wine: the region and climate, the grape variety, and the influence of the winemaker over the finished product.

• Established in 1982 by Michael Broadbent MW, then head of Christie’s Wine Department, and Steven Spurrier whose Academie du Vin in Paris provided the structure for the course which still exists to this day.

• Top Masters of Wine such as Michael Broadbent MW, Jane Hunt MW, Nancy Gilchrist MW, and Anthony Hanson MW.

• Gift vouchers available.

CHRISTIE’S EDUCATION also offer ‘Wine Masterclasses’ for those with some existing knowledge who wish to develop their palate. These exclusive evenings focus on individual grape varieties, renowned vintages, and individual chateaux.

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Connoisseur Wine School

10 Wedderburn Road



Tel: +44 (0)20 7328 2448

Fax: +44 (0)20 7681 9905

Email: margaret@connoisseur.org

Website: www.connoisseur.org

We developed our One Day Saturday, Introductory, Intermediate and Special Tastings to help you broaden your knowledge, boost your confidence, find your wine preferences and make wine friends.

The courses are run in central London in small groups of 18 – 20. They are relaxed, informal, interactive and fun but at the same time informative. Our experienced, well travelled, professional lecturers are passionate about wine and are all currently involved in the wine trade.

We can organise tailor-made courses or tastings for a group of friends or colleagues and you can purchase gift vouchers for our events.

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Better Tasting – Learn how to really taste

Contact: George Tate

13 Rectory Lane

London SW17

United Kingdom

Tel:020 8767 0027

Website: www.bettertasting.co.uk

Email: info@bettertasting.co.uk

Better Tasting – we start with the wine itself not the label. FUN BUT EDUCATIONAL – Practical and no-mythology approach suitable for all levels, from the interested beginner up to the trade professional wishing to learn properly. EXPERT TUITION – The courses are based on years of blending experience and built around the Bordeaux University tasting diploma course, and given by trained oenologist and experienced blender/winemaker Richard More. A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO WINE TASTING – Better Tasting tackles two of the most elusive aspects of wine tasting, how to really assess YOUR personal tasting skills and then how to evaluate wine without seeing the label.

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Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and the Arts

Carolyn Bosworth-Davies

19-21 Lee Road



United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 8852 0234

Fax +44 (0)20 8297 0596

Email: carolyn_bosworth@yahoo.co.uk

The Conservatoire offers an Introduction to Wine Appreciation course and an Intermediate Course which explores further all the classic wine growing regions of the world. All courses are tutored by Carolyn Bosworth-Davies, Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators. Both courses are designed to inspire and enthuse people about wine and give them greater confidence in choosing wines for themselves.

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Institut Français

Marketing Department

17, Queensberry Place

South Kensington

London SW7 2DT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7073 1375

Fax: +44 (0)20 7073 1355

Website: www.institut-francais.org.uk

Email: winetasting@ambafrance.org.uk

Our Wine Tasting sessions are designed to help clarify France’s main wine regions and to taste the wide diversity of wines available. The sessions will cover the general background of the areas under discussion as well as their history, geology and climate. They take place in our listed Art-Déco library.

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London Wine Academy Contact: Ms Leta Bester

London Wine Academy

Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square

London EC1R 5NA

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)870 1000 100

Fax: +44 (0)7031 15 18 70

Website: www.londonwineacademy.com

Email: info@londonwineacademy.com

We offer wine courses, one day workshops and tastings for complete beginners to more advanced tasters. Our excellent tutors aim to teach in a relaxed and non-intimidating style. LWA wine courses uncork the mysteries of wine in a practical and systematic way. Please visit www.londonwineacademy.com for more information or to book online.

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Wine Uncorked with Tim Atkin Ltd

Bank Restaurant Group Plc

Imperial House, 15-19 Kingsway

London WC2B 6UN

Tel: 020 7379 5088

Website: www.bankrestaurants.com

Email: info@bankrestaurants.com

Bank presents a series of five-week wine courses by Tim Atkin MW. Beginners will focus on the basics of tasting techniques, interpreting labels and identifying the key characteristics of the classic grape varieties. The Intermediate course is primarily designed for students who have completed the Bank Beginners’ Course, but anyone with a basic knowledge of tasting technique and major wine styles is welcome. The evenings are designed to be informative and fun including six glasses of wine and a tapas supper.

Tim is The Observer’s wine correspondent and also writes for Decanter. The winner of a host of prestigious awards, Tim has written a number of wine books and TV shows.

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Wine & Food Academy

Contact: Louise Putt

93 Hazelbourne Road

Clapham South

London SW12 9NT

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 8675 6172

Fax: +44 (0)20 8675 9781

Website: www.winefoodacademy.com

Email: louise@winefoodacademy.com Range of courses held throughout London.

  • Harmonising Wines & Foods Course – learn how to match wine and food together
  • Connoisseurs Fine Wine Course – one-day wine courses
  • Cooking & Quaffing Courses – one-day cookery experience
  • Wine & Spirit Education Trust Courses – Intermediate and Advanced wine courses offering NVQ qualifications

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    Winfield Wine Events

    38 The Avenue, London W13 8LP

    Tel: +44 (0)20 8997 4718

    Fax: +44 (0)20 8997 7619

    Website: www.winfieldwines.co.uk

    Email: info@winfieldwines.co.uk

    Winfield Wine Events arrange half-day and whole-day wine appreciation seminars and wine tasting courses for groups from twelve upwards. As well as these, we also organise wine tasting events for corporate entertainment, which are both educational, and, just as importantly, fun.

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    Bramhope Wine Appreciation Group

    Contact: Jill Thorley / Ceri Thomas / Kelvyn Chapman

    Robert Craven Memorial Hall

    Old Lane – Bramhope

    Leeds LS16

    Tel: 01274 565 491 for further information

    Email: kelvyn.chapman@nevisuk.net

    Bramhope Wine Appreciation Group has been running for nearly 20 years. The aim of the group has always been to further members’ knowledge of wine. Every fortnight we have a different wine with a theme i.e. grape, country of origin, comparative tastings between the old and the new world, blind tastings, wines at a price both expensive and not so expensive. Wine with food occasionally and even wine guessing games. The evenings are fun and informative, light hearted but with a serious note learning all about wine and how to appreciate and enjoy wine at its best.

    New members are always welcome – so don’t worry that you won’t know enough about wine.

    We meet at the Robert Craven Memorial Hall on alternate Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm (Closed August). Membership £25

    Number of students per course: 20 +

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    Newcastle Wine School

    Tel: +44 (0) 191 2818045 – Chris Powell

    Website: www.newcastlewineschool.com

    Email: info@newcastlewineschool.com

    Newcastle Wine School is an independent company, based in Northern England offering Wine Courses & Wine Tastings in Newcastle, Leeds, & Edinburgh. We are not affiliated to any wine merchants, and run wine tastings and courses for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it in a relaxed and friendly setting. The courses suit all levels of knowledge, from the introductory ‘World Course’ to in-depth ‘Regional Courses’ that examine particular countries/regions/grape varieties in more depth.

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    Wine Unearthed

    Tel: +44 (0)7933 345184

    Website: www.wineunearthed.co.uk

    Email: Drink@wineunearthed.co.uk

    Our relaxed, informal and interactive wine courses are available for all levels of ability.

    One Day Wine Workshops – Beginners, Regional Workshops, Great Grape Workshops. Including lunch (great gift)

    Beginners Evening course – 5 evenings

    Intermediate Evening Courses – Old World, New World & Great Grapes (each 7 evenings)

    Wine Masterclasses – one off events covering specific wine subjects.

    Gourmet Wine Dinners – matching food with wine and a bit of learning thrown in!

    Private Tutoring – get your own group of friend together and we’ll hold a course at your venue just for you!

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    Aspen Wine Program

    Contact: Stephen Reiss

    Box 10206


    CO 81612


    Tel: +1 888-420-9808

    Email: wineguy@aspenwineprogram.com


    Learn about wine from a Certified Wine Educator in the playground of the rich and famous. The Aspen Wine Program has been teaching consumers to gain confidence, and professionals to advance their careers, since 1996. This intensive training program consists of two 6 day courses. The first week teaches basic wine education, and the second offers the ultimate in technical tasting and exam preparation. There is even an optional Wine Adept Exam offered. Cost for the course starts at $500 for a week. More information can be found at our web site at www.aspenwineprogram.com.

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    Contact: Doug Wedding

    85 Ogden Street #2


    Colorado 80218


    Tel: +1 720-219-4352

    Email: brix25@earthlink.net


    Approved WSET Program provider. Courses include:

    Level One – Foundation Certificate

    Three weeks (six to nine contact hours) of theory and assessment skills including: wine styles, common grape varieties, diffentiation of basic structural components, food and wine pairing and a systematic approach to wine tasting. Tuition, all course materials, including text books and wine samples as well as wholesale pricing on recommended reading and discounts on future wine purchases: $275.00.

    Level Two – Intermediate Certificate

    Eight week (sixteen to nineteen contact hours) comprehensive course which entails: wine production and classification and an introduction to all the major wine producing regions of the Old and New World. Tuition including textbook, all study aids and samples: $795.00

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    Chicago Wine School

    Contact: Patrick W Fegan

    2001 South Halsted St


    IL 60608


    Tel: +1 312-266-9463

    Email: pwfegan@aol.com

    Chicago Wine School is an independent educational organization providing information about wines and spirits. The core of CWS courses are the five-week sessions, one evening per week, of which there are 3 levels: The Basics, Intermediate (“The Varietals” and “The Countries”) and Advanced (“The Regions”). In addition, we offer numerous seminars that are one evening only. Our regularly scheduled courses and seminars are open to anyone with an interest in wine, from the simply curious to the seriously devoted as well as to those in the trade.

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    Grape Goddess Guide to Wine

    Contact: Catherine Fallis – Master Sommelier

    Planet Grape LLC

    240 Lombard Street #826

    San Francisco California


    Website: www.planetgrape.com

    Grape Goddess Guide to Wine and Grape Goddess Guide to Good Living – Here’s the hot ticket in education programs – wine and good living education in convenient daily 1-minute email lessons for pennies each. Lessons arrive in your email inbox each day, Monday through Friday complete with text, graphics and anecdotes, tips, jokes and more in the voice of Grape Goddess.

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    Sommelier Guild

    Contact: Joseph Miller

    363 Lang Boulevard, Grand Island, NY 14072

    & 20 Mullet Drive, Mississauga, ON L5M 2G3


    Tel: Toll Free (USA only) 866 412 0464

    Tel: +1 905 858 1217

    Fax: +1 905 858 3440

    Website: www.internationalsommelier.com

    Email: info@internationalsommelier.com

    The International Sommelier Guild brings together the resources of the top educators, industry leaders, premier restaurateurs, wine merchants, wineries and writers. We currently offer our wine programs in over 30 satellite locations across North America. Our mission is to assist you in achieving your wine and spirit goals. Whether you are looking for general knowledge or pursuing a new career opportunity, the ISG is there to help. We have accredited Sommeliers for over 18 years and we are the benchmark accrediting body for the Sommelier profession. We are the only wine education body that is licensed by various State Boards of Higher Education. We take wine education seriously. You’re invited to explore the various sections of our website to experience the passion that the ISG brings to the Sommelier discipline.

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    The Morrell Wine Institute

    Robert Millman, Director

    One Rockefeller Plaza

    New York, NY 10020


    Tel: +1 212 688 9370

    Fax: +1 212 223 1846

    Website: www.morrellwine.com

    Email: mwstore@morrellwine.com

    Introduction to wine This class teaches individuals the fundamentals of tasting, evaluating and describing wines. It is the ideal class for those who wish to develop or increase their knowledge of wine. Whether you have tasted many wines or are just beginning your vinous adventures, you will find our approach rewarding and a pleasurable object.

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    Italian Wine Merchants

    Contact: Sergio Esposito

    108 East 16th Street

    (between Park Avenue South and Irving Place)

    New York, NY 10003


    Tel: +1 212 473 2323

    Fax: +1 212 473 1952

    Website: www.italianwinemerchant.com

    Email: sergio@italianwinemerchant.com

    Take a trip to Italy’s vineyards in the heart of Union Square! The owners Sergio Esposito, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich have taken a different approach to wine seminars through their Studio del Gusto facility. The Studio del Gusto is designed as a learning lab for both public seminars and private tastings (offered exclusively for IWM clientele). These events include some of the industry’s leading personalities and winemakers, from Daniel Thomases of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate to Italy’s premier winemakers. Private tastings in the Studio are available for IWM clientele and their friends for both private and corporate events.

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    Coventry University – Certificate/Diploma in Wine Studies

    Contact: Dr Steve Smith

    School of Science and the Environment

    Coventry University

    Coventry, CV1 5FB

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)24-76888161

    Fax: +44 (0)24-7688702

    Website: www.coventry.ac.uk/se/ugrad/env_wine.htm

    Email: s.smith@coventry.ac.uk

    The first year provides an introduction to wine and includes vines, viticulture, vinification, maturation, storage and wine tasting. During the first year participants should be able to take the WSET® Intermediate Certificate in Wine, Spirits and other alcoholic beverages and the WSET® Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits. Participants may leave at this stage with the Certificate in Wine Studies. The second and third years involve more advanced study of wine and wine tasting. It also offers the opportunity to take the WSET® Diploma in Wines and Spirits.

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    The Grapewine Course

    Pond Cottage

    Nether Green

    Great Bowden

    Market Harborough LE16 7HF

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1858 461547

    Website: www.grapewine.co.uk

    Email: grapewinecourse@mac.com

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    Coventry University – Wine Studies Degree

    Contact: Dr Steve Smith

    School of Science and the Environment

    Coventry University

    Coventry, CV1 5FB

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)24 – 76888161

    Fax: +44 (0)24 – 7688702

    Website: www.coventry.ac.uk/se/ugrad/env_wine_deg.htm

    Email: s.smith@coventry.ac.uk

    These are joint degrees with Wine Studies married to an appropriate other subject, including French, Italian, German, Spanish, English, Business, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Tourism. The wine element aims to provide a detailed knowledge and understanding of wine and wine tasting set in the context of an up-to-date knowledge of the UK wine trade. The course also allows participants to take the WSET® examinations.

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    Grand Vin

    Michael Arditti

    Vine Cottage

    98 Trafalgar Road


    West Sussex

    RH12 2QL

    Tel: +44 (0)1403 259 782

    Website: www.grandvin.co.uk

    E-mail: info@grandvin.co.uk

    Grand Vin offers educational wine talks and enjoyable tastings tailored to your needs and budget at a venue of your choice. Based in Sussex it is run by freelance wine consultant and lecturer Michael Arditti who holds the Diploma in Wines and Spiritrs with Honors. Additionally, ticketed finw wine events are organised in the Horsham area, check our website for further details.

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    Champagne Tuesdays

    Contact: Chris Hambleton

    8 West End Lane



    KT10 8LA

    Tel: +44 (0)1372 473953

    Website: www.champagnetuesdays.com

    E-mail: chris@champagnetuesdays.com

    TRAINING: Champagne Tuesdays offers tailor made Wines & Spirits Training Courses for business or individual clients. In addition to bespoke courses we can offer WSET (Wines & Spirits Education Trust) courses up to the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits

    EVENTS: Champagne Tuesdays specialises in Wine Tasting Events, for private clients and corporate entertainment or team building. We also offer reduced rates for registered charities running fundraising Wine Tasting Events.

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    Grape Sense

    Wine Education and Training

    4 Royal Oak Cottages, Oak Lane

    Rougham Green

    Bury St Edmunds

    Suffolk IP30 9JX

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1359 270318

    Fax: +44 (0)1359 270318

    Website: www.grapesense.com

    Email: grapesense@aol.com

    Our Wine Courses are run in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge. Study programmes range from a ten week Wine Appreciation Course, to the Advanced Level and our ‘In Deep’ series of short courses, which focus on a country of origin or region. Contact Neil Courtier for details. Member of the Association of Wine Educators.

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    Michael Schmidt Wines

    Contact: Michael Schmidt

    18 Lodge Close


    KT22 9QZ

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1372 376924

    Website: www.wineschmidt.co.uk

    Email: wineschmidt@aol.com

    Telling people about wine in books and guides is fine, but tasting and discussing wine live with a group of enthusiasts is “at the heart of the matter” for Michael. His courses in Leatherhead, Epsom, Guildford and Liphook provide him with the continuous opportunity to source new exciting themes for tastings and the chance to discuss all aspects of his finds with the participants of his classes.

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    Tanglewood Wine

    Mayfield Avenue

    New Haw


    KT15 3AG

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1932 348 720

    Fax: +44 (0)1932 350861

    Website: www.tanglewoodwine.com

    Email: john@tanglewoodwine.co.uk

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    Plumpton College

    Ditchling Road


    Nr Lewes

    East Sussex BN7 3AE

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1273 890454

    Email: enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk

    Website: www.plumpton.ac.uk

    Plumpton College, situated on the beautiful South Downs near Brighton in Sussex, is a national centre of excellence for studies in wine. The courses offered include the WSET Intermediate, Advanced and Diploma and part-time courses on vinegrowing, winemaking and sensory evaluation. Bespoke courses an also be provided to meet the needs of wine businesses. In association with the University of Brighton, the College offers the country’s only full-time courses in wine production and business, specifically designed for those wishing to enter careers in vinegrowing, winemaking and the wine trade, both in the UK and abroad.

    The College manages a 6-hectare vineyard and has just built a brand new winery to support its provision in wine studies.

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    The Wine Education Service

    Sandy Leckie or Malcolm Franks

    The Wine Education Service Ltd

    Vanguard Business Park

    Alperton Lane

    Western Avenue


    Middlesex UB6 8AA

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)20 8991 8212 or +44 (0)20 8991 8213

    Website: www.wine-education-service.co.uk

    Email: info@wine-education-service.co.uk

    “Courses for Wine Lovers” Come and meet people who share your interest in wine and enjoy learning about it in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We run courses to suit all levels of knowledge and experience in London (City, Hampstead, Holborn, Notting Hill Gate and South Kensington) and in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester Essex and Sussex.

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    Vintellect Ltd

    Fetcham Park House

    Lower Road


    Surrey KT22 9HD

    Tel: +44 (0)1372 371 093

    Website: www.vintellect.co.uk

    Email: emma.maurice@vintellect.co.uk

    Vintellect is a young dynamic company offering both corporate and private clients a range of innovative events and courses themed around wine. Designed to be educational, challenging and most importantly highly entertaining and memorable.

    Choose from:

    – A team wine challenge competition such as; The ‘blind’ tasting game, The mock auction, Celebrity Wine Challenge or ‘Deal or No deal’.

    – A food and wine appreciation dinner.

    – A Personalised wine course held in the comfort of your own home.

    – A tailor-made vineyard tour in the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

    Perfect for team building events, staff entertainment, group get-togethers, birthday parties, hen and stag nights, or any excuse to have some fun with wine!

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    Contact: Dr Karen Hyde


    5 Lower Radley


    OX14 3AX

    Tel: +44 (0)7855 026734

    Website: www.wine-matters.com

    E-mail: winematters.oxon@virgin.net

    Directed by Michael Palij MW and based in Oxford, WineMatters has been running passionate and informative wine tuition courses since 1994. Over 500 enthusiastic individuals have already enjoyed learning more about wine with WineMatters in a friendly and informal environment. We offer Introductory wine appreciation, Advanced and Diploma level courses, as well as Masterclasses on specific topics of interest to wine connoisseurs. Please contact Karen Hyde for further information or visit our website www.wine-matters.com.

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    Thirty Fifty Limited

    Contact: Jane Scott

    Thirty Fifty Limited

    24 Chestnut Road



    TW2 5QZ

    Tel: +44 (0)208 288 0314

    Website: www.thirtyfifty.co.uk

    E-mail: jane.scott@thirtyfifty.co.uk

    Thirty Fifty combine education with entertainment in wine tasting events for private and corporate clients across England. The wine tasting can be held at your home, office or a private venue for groups of 10 upwards. We have a range of tastings available to suit different needs. The introductory tasting is a good place to start and will appeal to groups with varying wine knowledge. We cover tasting techniques and taste some of the wines blind for you to work out the region and grape. Our name refers to the lines of latitude, North and South of the equator where grapes are grown.

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    Once Upon A Vine

    Lemon Cottage

    Church Street


    South Devon, TQ8 8DH

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1548 842820

    Website: www.onceuponavine.co.uk

    Email: suecrabtree@yahoo.com

    Wine tutor and consultant specialising in wine training, tutored wine tastings and corporate hospitality events.

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    Rose Murray Brown MW

    Wester Craigfoodie House

    by Dairsie


    Fife, KY15 4RU

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1334 870 730

    Fax: +44 (0)1334 870 731

    Website: www.rosemurraybrown.com

    Email: masterclass@rosemurraybrown.com

    Rose Murray Brown MW is Scotland’s leading wine journalist, columnist for The Scotsman newspaper, TV and radio presenter; she trained with Sotheby’s and passed her MW exam in 1998. Rose runs wine courses across Scotland (in Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews) for consumers, on two levels: ‘Enjoying Wine’ (basic to intermediate) and ‘Drinking with Style’ (intermediate to advanced). Each four-part course is hosted by Rose and includes over 40 wines with power-point presentation, Masterclass folders, notes, completion certificate and optional mystery bottle quiz. Gift packs and vouchers also available. New for autumn 2003: a unique four-part spirits and cocktail course geared for both consumers and trade. Rose also hosts corporate events, wine tours, cocktail masterclasses, whisky nosings, large charity tastings and runs a Personal Wine Shopper subscription service (see www.rosemurraybrown.com).

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    Case Studies Wine School

    Claire Blackler


    Auchinstarry Basin


    G65 9SG

    Tel: +44 (0)1236 829920

    Website: www.casestudieswineschool.co.uk

    Email: claire@casestudieswineschool.co.uk

    Case Studies Wine School (CSWS) is an independent wine and spirits training organisation and an Approved Programme Provider for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET®).

    Based between Glasgow and Edinburgh, CSWS provides training throughout Scotland and the north of England. The school runs all WSET® courses up to and including the Level 3 Advanced Certificate.

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    Wine Uncorked

    Ms Carol Brown

    38 Springfield Road


    AB15 7RR

    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0)1224 312076

    Fax: +44 (0)1224 322 716

    Email: carolwineuncork@aol.com

    Since being bitten by the wine bug 10 years ago, Carol has become a familiar face on the Scottish wine scene. For the last 3 years, she has been the weekly wine columnist for the north of Scotland newspaper the Press and Journal. With a background in hotel management, she is able to understand the needs of the trade and the customer when it comes to Wine Education. Carol teaches WSET, Wine Appreciation and WES courses in and around the Aberdeen area as well as providing in-house training for the trade.

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