Whether you are keen to attend a wine tasting course in the New Year to extend your knowledge or to gain wine qualifications; Wineware can help you. We have compiled our five favourite wine tasting courses in Britain commencing in 2013. Wine tasting courses that promise to be highly enjoyable, insightful and rewarding.

We feel wine tasting courses are also the ideal gift for wine lovers and are also an extremely enjoyable indulgent activity for two. Professional wine courses are the easiest (and the best) way to learn more about wine, which in turn will also deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers.

A practical hands-on wine tasting course will give you the opportunity to learn the descriptive language of wine while improving your senses; gradually you will be able to recognise the key flavours and components within your favourite wines. These courses also give you a rich and in-depth background into the fruitful history of wine. You will learn more about the origins of specific varieties of wine and why the vintage year matters. These snippets of information can help you become a more experienced wine taster.

Be prepared to sharpen all your senses while enjoying a splendid variety of wines from around the world.


The Top Five Wine Tasting Courses for 2013


Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

WSET was founded in 1969 to help educate wine and spirit professionals. WSET offer a fantastic one-day foundation course. This is the perfect place to begin learning about wine tasting and it only costs £140 per head.

If you have already gained your level 1 award in wine you can go on to study and achieve up to level 3 in wine, then a diploma and honours diploma. All of these courses are available throughout Britain with the option of online learning.

Why choose a WSET wine tasting course?

WSET is the leading and most recognised educational program for the alcohol industry worldwide. They specialise in wine education and courses at all levels for both business and pleasure!

Head office address: Wine and Spirit Education Trust, International Wine and Spirit Centre, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF

Contact Number: 020 7089 3800


The Devon Wine School

The Devon Wine School offer two fantastic introductory wine courses. You can choose from either course one which covers dry and sweet white wines, as well as sparkling wine or course two, which covers red, rosé and fortified wines, or perhaps take both! A light lunch is also included.

Course dates are as follows:

Introductory Course One:  Saturdays 26th January, 23rd February, 20th April, 22nd June.
Introductory Course Two:  Saturdays 2nd February, 9th March, 18th May, 29th June.
These courses run from 11.00AM to 4.00PM.

The introductory course costs £165 per person with a special rate of £145 per person when booked as a couple. The cost includes: 14 tasting wines, tuition by a Master of Wine, a tasting booklet, a light lunch and a wine tasting certificate. Devon Wine School’s introductory wine tasting course was featured in The Telegraph’s, ‘The top wine-tasting courses’.

Devon Wine School also offers stunning country accommodation, wine tasting evenings, vineyard courses, private parties and tasting dinners.

Why visit the Devon Wine School?

What better location than the fresh air in the English countryside! You can’t find a more idyllic and relaxing location for wine tasting. Well we haven’t!

Address: Devon Country House & Wine School, Redyeates Farm, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4HG (Courses are held at Darts Farm Village, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QH, which is a fantastic spot and very accessible on the Exe Estuary just south of Exeter)

Contact number: 01363 866742


Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School was founded in 2009. They offer a wine tasting course, ‘Wine Laid Bare’ on Monday evenings over four weeks, exploring the fascinating world of wine in a simple and enjoyable way. It runs from Monday 4th February to Monday 25th February 2013, 6.30pm – 8.30pm and costs £150 per person.

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School also offers cookery courses, children’s baking morning, wine school and beer and food matching courses.

What makes Edinburgh New Town Cookery School’s wine tasting course suitable for me?

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School have devised an easy to follow wine tasting course suitable for all levels, from novices to wine experts. You can contribute as little or as much as you like. Make sure you do try the wine though!

Address: 7 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 1JE

Contact number: 0131 226 4314


The Berry Bros & Rudd Wine School

The Berry Bros and Rudd Wine School offer London’s most exclusive and innovative fine wine and dining venue. Berrys’ courses are held in 300-year-old cellars, which certainly add to the wine tasting experience!

They offer one-day wine tasting courses on Fridays or Saturdays, starting from £245. Introductory wine tasting evenings are also available, £385 per person for six weeks (one session a week). They also offer Thursday day courses, perfect way to learn about specific wine regions.

The Berry Bros and Rudd Wine School also offer wine examinations, drink and spirits advice, wine club and a variety of services, including: dining facilities, cellar plans, wine investment advice, wine storage facilities, iPhone/iPhone app and a Berrys’ gift list.

Should I visit Berry Bros and Rudd Wine School?

There are plenty of courses, days and evenings to attend so you definitely should! They have also been awarded for the 2012 award for Wine Educator of the Year, so that says it all!

Address: 3 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1EG

Contact number: 0800 280 2440


Michael Schuster Wine

Michael Schuster offers beginners’ wine tasting and fine wine tasting courses. The beginners wine tasting course on Monday evenings runs for six weeks from Monday 21st January 2013 to Monday 25 February 2013 and costs £299 per person.

If you are after a more advanced course, the fine wine course, based on the fine wines of France, runs on Tuesday evenings for six weeks from Tuesday 22nd January 2013 to Tuesday 26th February 2013. This course costs £450 per person.

Michael Schuster offers individual wine tastings throughout the year. These are fantastic evenings designed to give you a better insight into particular wines.

Should I sign up for Michael Schuster’s wine course?

Michael Schuster has extensive wine knowledge and is always actively involved in the wine community, including but not limited to: writing the annual report for The World of Fine Wine, contributing to Decanter Magazine, publishing Essential Wine tasting and sitting on the board of The Wine Society. Wine experts don’t come much more knowledgeable than Michael!

Address: 10 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8AH

Contact number: 020 7254 9734



Still haven’t found a course near you?

Local Wine School offer wine tastings and courses at venues across the UK, from an in introductory evening to an advanced wine tasting masterclass. They are one of the UK’s largest providers of wine courses for consumers, enthusiasts and professionals including WSET courses and Café Rouge French Wine Evenings. With a great range of courses online you are sure to find the perfect wine tasting evening or course for you!

If you are a hotel, restaurant or club after a personalised service such as putting together a wine list or help with special events such as shop-openings or product promotions or launches then The Wine Teacher are the experts. The Wine Teacher also offer foundation wine tasting courses, bespoke tasting events (birthdays, hen dos, a girls night in etc.) and bespoke tastings for staff, colleagues, clients or conference delegates in London and the South-East. This family-run business is highly recommended by Wineware. They make wine tasting interesting, educational and enjoyable!

A Wine School to look out for in 2013: Derbyshire Wine School offer wine training and educational courses in the gorgeous Peak District, Derbyshire. They offer wine tasting courses for beginners through to advanced wine tasters, suitable for professionals and wine lovers and enthusiasts alike. So attend one of their quirky or bespoke wine courses in 2013 and be prepared to be amazed! Their introductory wine courses ‘A swirl, a sniff and a slurp’ are on the last Saturday of each month (18:00-20:30) in Chesterfield (venue tbc): 23rd February 2013, 30th March 2013, 27th April 2013 and 25th May 2013.


Time to sign up for a Wine Tasting Course

Sipping fine wines and identifying the flavours, aromas and taste is a lot of fun! Don’t just take our word for it, try it yourself.

We really hope we have encouraged you to take up one of our suggested wine tasting courses, whether it is for fun or to gain a recognised qualification. However, if we haven’t mentioned a wine tasting course near you, use the Local Wine Events app on your iPhone or Android to find your nearest wine evening/course. A detailed review of this mobile wine app can be found here. Alternatively, contact us and we might be able to advise a wine tasting course near you.

We look forward to hearing more about your wine tasting courses; let us know via Twitter (@WinewareUK) or better yet, invite us along!