Basic Wine Course

The Basis wine course (English) helps you understand all the basic principals of wine. Topics are the most important grape varieties, worldwide wine regions. And learning to taste like a professional, using the Systematic Approach to Tasting.

Basic Wine Course level 1
English
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Basic Wine Course
€ 299,-
Including a study book, workbook and exam
What will you learn during this course
  • Terroir: soil, climate and grapes
  • Discover the main wine grapes of the world
  • Wine making techniques
  • Wine regions in Europe and the New World
  • Wine faults - why, and how to recognise them
  • Wine and food pairing basic principles
  • SAT - Systematic Approach to Tasting
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Basic Wine Course

  • Including a study book and workbook
  • Including 3 Schott Zwiesel wine glasses
  • Including theoretical and tasting exam
  • Get your Basic Wine Certificate in 4 sessions

Practical information

TIME SCHEDULE:4 lessons of 3 hours
LEVEL:wine lovers and beginning professionals
PRELIMINARY EDUCATION:not required
SELF STUDY:20 hours of selfstudy
TASTING WINES:20 good tasting wines included

The study book is recommended by three Masters of Wine!

The Wijnstudio Basic Wine Course study book is available in English and Dutch. The book consists of 185 pages clearly structured information about wine, brightened up with diagrams and many photo’s. Further, it contains 70 mock questions that will help you preparing for the exam. The well-arranged structure makes it a handsome reference book. You will also receive a  workbook that contains all presentations, that will help to write in class.

 Content of the course

Module 1: wine basics, tasting skills, white grapes

  • History of wine making
  • Viticulture: vine growing, climate, soil
  • Terroir: where quality starts
  • Vinification: wine making
  • Biological wines: the future
  • Developments in the world of wine
  • Systematic approach to tasting
  • Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Chenin Blanc

Module 2: understanding wine, classic wine regions, black grapes

  • Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah
  • How to read a wine label
  • Judging the quality of wine, detect the faults
  • Wine storage
  • Cork or screw-top
  • Serving wine
  • How to organise a wine tasting
  • Wine rumours: true or false?
  • Wine regions in Central Europe
  • Wine regions in Southern Europe

Module 3: New World wines, basis of wine and food pairing

  • Classic and modern wine styles
  • Wine regions in the New World
  • The Northern Hemisphere
  • The Southern Hemisphere
  • Basic principles of wine and food pairing
  • Product, cooking technics and garnishments
  • Basic rules for making a menu
  • Basic rules for tasting

Module 4: exam, explore your skills

  • Exam Basic Wine Certificate
  • Tasting session by you and fellow students: bring your own

Tasting wines

All together, we will be tasting 20 wines of good quality.

National recognised exam

  • Theory: 30  multiple choice questions
  • Theory: 3 short written answers
  • Tasting: 2 wines, make a tasting note and give a wine-food pairing advise
  • Exam result: you will receive your exam result within a week
  • Students with Pass will receive their Basic Wine Certificate within 3 weeks after the exam.

Confirmation and course materials

After receiving your registration you will automatically get a confirmation and invoice. At the first course day you will receive your study pack: course book and workbook, and a box with 3 Schoitt Zwiesel tasting glasses. The wine color chart© and the aroma circle© are part of the study pack.

Excellent preparation for WSET level 2: International Wine Certification

This is a short, intensive course. You will be learning in an active way.  At whatever level you start with,  afterwards you will have a solid foundation of theory and tasting. Your self-confidence has grown, you can buy a wine or order one at the table, and you know what to expect from the most important grapes. This makes you well-prepared for the next level: WSET level 2, the International Wine Certificate.

Course price is all-in, free of VAT

Wijnstudio is a recognised institute for education, therefore we may offer our courses free of VAT.
The price of all Wijnstudio courses are all-inn, no VAT is added.

Availability

Start date: Thu 19 September 2024
Location: Le Bouchon (Den Haag)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Thu 19 September
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Thu 3 October
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Thu 10 October
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Thu 17 October
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Start date: Mon 23 September 2024
Location: Wijnhandel Peeters (Rotterdam)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Mon 23 September
19:30
Wijnhandel Peeters, Vasteland 56, Rotterdam
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Mon 7 October
19:30
Wijnhandel Peeters, Vasteland 56, Rotterdam
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Mon 14 October
19:30
Wijnhandel Peeters, Vasteland 56, Rotterdam
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Mon 28 October
19:30
Wijnhandel Peeters, Vasteland 56, Rotterdam
Start date: Thu 10 October 2024
Location: Wine and Roses (Amsterdam)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Thu 10 October
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Thu 17 October
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Thu 24 October
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Thu 7 November
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam
Start date: Wed 30 October 2024
Location: Gouden Glas (Utrecht)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Wed 23 October
19:30
Gouden Glas, Poortstraat 100, Utrecht
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Wed 13 November
19:30
Gouden Glas, Poortstraat 100, Utrecht
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Wed 20 November
19:30
Gouden Glas, Poortstraat 100, Utrecht
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Wed 27 November
19:30
Gouden Glas, Poortstraat 100, Utrecht
Start date: Mon 4 November 2024
Location: Wijnhuis West (Amsterdam)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Mon 4 November
19:30
Wijnhuis West, Overtoom 424, Amsterdam
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Mon 18 November
19:30
Wijnhuis West, Overtoom 424, Amsterdam
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Mon 25 November
19:30
Wijnhuis West, Overtoom 424, Amsterdam
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Mon 2 December
19:30
Wijnhuis West, Overtoom 424, Amsterdam
Start date: Tue 18 February 2025
Location: Le Bouchon (Den Haag)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Tue 18 February
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Tue 4 March
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Tue 11 March
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Tue 18 March
19:30
Le Bouchon, Valeriusstraat 51, Den Haag
Start date: Thu 6 March 2025
Location: Bottle Shop (Eindhoven)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Thu 6 March
19:30
Bottle Shop, Geldropseweg 86, Eindhoven
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Thu 20 March
19:30
Bottle Shop, Geldropseweg 86, Eindhoven
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Thu 27 March
19:30
Bottle Shop, Geldropseweg 86, Eindhoven
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Thu 3 April
19:30
Bottle Shop, Geldropseweg 86, Eindhoven
Start date: Wed 14 May 2025
Location: Wine and Roses (Amsterdam)
Enrol
Lesson 1: basic knowledge, tasting, white grapes
Wed 14 May
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam
Lesson 2: understanding wine, black grapes
Wed 28 May
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam
Lesson 3: new World wines, wine and food pairing
Wed 4 June
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam
Lesson 4: Exam, explore your skills
Wed 11 June
19:30
Wine and Roses, van Woustraat 163, Amsterdam

Great course to learn about wines and understand what you like about them. The combination between theory and tasting is perfect to comprehend the characteristics of wines. The teacher really shared with us his passion and enthusiasm about wines in this course.  
Clémence Volle-Marvaldi
Clémence Volle-Marvaldi
Basic Wine Course

The course content was meticulously organized, covering the fundamentals of different grape varieties, key wine regions, and the basics of pairing wine with food. It was a perfect blend of theory and practical learning, allowing us to taste and analyze wines from various regions. This course presented an excellent opportunity for learning and networking with like minded individuals, many of whom I remain in contact with today to exchange tips and tasting notes.

Glenn McIntosh
Glenn McIntosh
Basic Wine Course