Wine Course Overview
The Wine School of Philadelphia was founded in 2001 by Keith Wallace. A graduate of the country’s most prestigious viticulture and enology program, Mr. Wallace developed the entirety of the School’s curriculum. His aim: To create an academic experience that instills in students a knowledge of wine that goes beyond memorization and recitation. The programs at the incorporate the most up-to-date and effective teaching methodology available. In fact, the Wine School’s programs have now been used by several universities, including Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania.
Outside of a university, the Wine School is the only wine education center in America that offers certification coupled with an independently-developed curriculum. The capstone of our program is the Diploma Oenotropae, a high achievement reserved for those students who have exhibited a mastery of the subject. Students who have earned their Diploma have gone on to become winemakers, wine writers, importers, and educators, among other careers.
Wine Program Structure
Our full program takes approximately two years to complete. Students looking to accelerate their studies may take up to two courses each eight-week semester, beginning with the Core Program. The Core program includes the Foundation and the Global Intermediate Program, the completion of which allows students to enter our Advanced programs. Students may earn certification upon successful completion of the program(s).
The Core Program
There are two certification courses in the Core Wine Program. They are the essential programs for all wine students. By enrolling in the Core program, a wine student will gain the core skills essential to anyone in the world of wine. When the programs are taken together in the same semester, the student receives a discounted price.
- Foundation Program
- Global Intermediate Program
Advanced Wine Program
The Advanced Program is a a master-level study in wine. It consists of four semesters, including two required wine courses and two electives. The courses do not have to be taken in any specific order. Examples of an Advanced elective course include: the Wine Regions of Italy, Bordeaux & Beyond, the Wines of Spain, Advanced France, or Tuscany & Beyond.
- New World Essentials
- Old World Essentials
- Advanced Elective
- Advanced Elective
Diploma Oenotropae Program
The crowing achievement in wine education. The wine diploma program requires the student to have successfully have completed the requirements for both the Core and Advanced programs. The final element is completing a Thesis Project under the tutelage of a Master Sommelier-Instructor.
- Thesis Project
Advanced Italy, South. This section covers Sicily, Campania, Lazio, Molise, Lazio, Sardinia and Abruzzi
Advanced Italy, North. This section covers Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche.
Advanced France, South. This section covers Bordeaux, Rhone, Languedoc, and Provence.
Advanced France, North. This section covers Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, and Champagne.
Advanced Spain. This course covers all of the major Spanish wine regions, focusing on those in Galicia, Aragón, Catalonia, Valencia, Castilla Y Leon, and Andalucía.
Advanced California. This course covers all the major California wine regions, including Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo, and Mendocino County.
Professional Wine Certification
Wine Classes are held at our facilities in Philadelphia. However, all professional wine certification tests are processed online and comes through the National Wine School in California.
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