European Wine Academy

Courses

Our Wine Academy was founded by a dedicated group of wine professionals who identified shortcomings in traditional wine courses. We believe in offering a holistic approach to wine education, starting with foundational knowledge before delving into specialized fields like Wine Marketing or Wine Production. Our courses are arranged into three main categories: F2F, eLearning and Webinars and they emphasize practical experience alongside theoretical learning, reflecting the interconnected nature of the global wine industry.

e-Learning

We are already offering a full range of eLearning courses, as can be seen on this website, as we have been doing for more than 22 years. E-learning refers to the delivery of education and training through electronic media and digital technologies. Learner’s access educational content, courses, and resources via the internet or other networked platforms.

These courses are offered throughout the year as there are no specific starting times. The lectures are offered in English, at the rate of one lecture per week, (sometimes more) and each lecture contains compulsory assignments which the student must do (in English) and which she/he then uploads, as a PDF, on to the e-Learning platform once she/he has done the assignment. Your tutor will then grade your assignments and if he/she considers it may be helpful some feedback or comments may be included. However, if we notice that a student has not uploaded any assignments for a few months, without him/her asking permission or giving a valid explanation beforehand, they will be de-registered. (If we believe that the student is serious about rejoining his/her class they can be re-instated again, if they can provide good reasons and pay a €100 re-registration cost).

Hybrid, or Blended Learning:
Blended learning, also known as hybrid learning, combines online educational materials with face-to-face classroom methods. Learners benefit from both physical presence (teacher-student interaction) and online components (content delivery). Blended learning offers flexibility, allowing students to control time, place, path, and pace. It is context-dependent and used in professional development, training, and education.

Average Lecture Length & Assignment Timeframe:
The length of our eLearning lectures varies, based on content, ranging from 15 to as much as 50 pages. Students should allocate around two to three hours per week for compulsory assignments accompanying each lecture.

Course Commencement:
Due to the flexible nature of e-learning, courses do not adhere to fixed start dates. Students can commence their studies immediately following registration and payment of course fees. F2F courses will start on specific dates depending on location and weather for instance.

F2F Courses:

These are ‘normal’ courses, held live at a venue. They can be long, short or even one-day courses. It also includes profession-specific training or workshops (which can also be held at your premises)

  • Foundation (40 hours) f2f course

    Later this year we will be offering our Foundation courses in major city centres.

    • The f2f Foundation long courses total a minimum of 40 hours tuition and will either be held consecutively over 5 days, or over different weeks, or weekends, depending on what the situation is in each city, and obviously on the time availability of the persons interested in following such a course. (This why we ask persons interested in such courses to contact us (with no commitment) to tell us which types of courses they wish to follow, and more importantly on what days/evenings they can attend, so that we can design a course that fits in with their specific situation).
    • There are four Categories of courses: General, Sommeliership & Hospitality, Wine Business & Marketing, and then Viticulture and Winemaking, students can choose from.
    • Often such courses are ‘blended learning’ courses. In a ‘blended learning’ course one lesser part of the course is offered on EWA’s e-learning platform in advance of the face-to-face part of the course.
    • The courses will be offered in English and each session will normally be about 3 hours of course work followed by the guided tasting of a number of wines. Assignments are not usually required but there is almost always an examination held at the end of the course. Each successful candidate will receive the appropriate Certificate, Diploma or AD.
    • Lecture contents: Each type of course delivery is different but in essence and in keeping with our holistic approach to wine education the courses have been designed to give you a good mix of academic and practical knowledge. Each lecture is normally based on one or more internationally respected text on the relevant topic, mostly combined with input from our own tutors or course designers, and furthermore kept up-to- date by including relevant articles or sections from relevant serious wine articles, articles we believe contribute to a better understanding of the topic and which will give the student an up-to-date overview of that topic.
    • If you are a person with dyslexia your lectures can be adapted to make it easier to read.

  • Shorter courses – Professional Training/Workshops
    We will also be offering shorter courses, or training workshops, focused on particular groups. You might, for instance, want to train your hotel or waiting staff, or the staff in charge of the wine section of your supermarket. We can also give shorter training courses to winery staff on specific topics, for example how natural wines are made or the production of sparkling wine, even how to market your wines using cellar door sales techniques.

    It will be helpful and give us a better vision of the types of courses you are interested in if you quickly drop us a line, with no commitment, giving us your ideas and tell us which topics interest you (also the days and times that you would prefer) so that we can design courses taking that into account.

Our in-person wine courses offer a comprehensive and engaging learning experience that goes beyond textbooks. It is your chance to connect with other wine lovers, explore your senses, and develop your appreciation for this fascinating beverage.

Course Format: Interactive, in-person classes led by experienced wine instructors.

Learning Style: Engaging and hands-on, combining lectures with discussions, sensory evaluation (tasting), and practical exercises (when practicable).

Benefits:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of wine through expert instruction.
  • Develop your palate and tasting skills in a social setting.
  • Explore diverse wine styles and regions through guided tastings.
  • Network with other wine enthusiasts (depending on the course).

Course Levels: Introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses offered to cater to all levels of wine knowledge.

Class Size: Limited class sizes to ensure personalized attention and interaction. (Estimated range: 10-20 students)

Atmosphere: Friendly, welcoming, and conducive to learning and sharing your passion for wine.

Overall, our f2f wine courses offer a unique opportunity to:

  • Learn from experienced wine instructors
  • Develop your tasting skills in a social setting
  • Explore the world of wine through guided tastings
  • Network with other wine enthusiasts


Webinars

We have been preparing for months to offer a range of interesting webinar topics. Our webinar topics cover the normal range of courses/workshops from wine evaluation techniques, the major wine regions, to wine labels and classifications. Now we include topics such as: Enhancing Quality Control with AI, Orange wines, Values-Based Winemaking and Purchasing, Climate Change and Emerging Terroirs, Cultivars that can produce crisp white wines in warm climates, Glass Technology Advancements, Optimizing Yield with Precision Agriculture, Méthode ancestrale wines, Health Concerns and Alcohol-Free Wines, Sustainability and Alternative Wine Containers, Digitalization and E-commerce, Ducks and sheep in the vineyard.

Once again: it will give us a better vision of the types of webinars you are interested in if you quickly drop us a line, with no commitment, giving us your ideas and tell us which topics interest you (also the days and times that you would prefer) so that we can design webinars and courses taking that into account.

Certificate, Diploma or Associate Degree?

  • You will note that our courses are divided into three levels, starting with our standard 40- lecture Certificate courses, followed by the next level, usually 60-lecture Diploma and for an in-depth dive into a specific direction, you would register for one of the Associate Degree courses, which usually have from 90 to 150 lectures. The differences between these three levels have to do with the depth of knowledge you wish to achieve.

    Our advanced courses are termed ‘Associate Degrees’, which is a typical term in the US. In the UK it is termed a ‘Foundation Degree’. We are not implying that these are degrees as awarded by a university, or similar to a bachelor’s degree. As can be read elsewhere on the website we are not a university but an ‘academy,’ which Wikipedia describes as follows:

    “An academy is an institution of secondary or tertiary higher learning (and generally also research or honorary membership). The name traces back to Plato’s school of philosophy, founded approximately 386 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece.”

  • You will also notice that within many of these courses there is an extra module, namely the ‘Essentials’ module which covers all the basics of wine we believe you need to have to cope with the rest of the course. Many of you already have such basic qualifications (from WSET for instance) or knowledge and you would then register for the same course but without that Essentials module.