The Beginners Guide to Wine
Ready to take the next step in your wine learning journey, but feel intimidated by traditional wine courses?
Wine Folly will take you on a journey, from the basics of wine all the way to advanced topics.
I’m really enjoying this course. I have recommended it to friends that just want to have a better understanding of wine. Go at your own pace and review anytime. Very pleased.- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thomas R. from United States
How it works
What is Wine 101 all about?
Thirsty for knowledge
Who is it for?
Whether you’re someone who had a wine that changed their life and want to learn more, a passionate connoisseur or starting in the wine industry and looking to find your feet, this course is for you.
Knowledge for the real world
How it works
Unlimited access to videos with world-class instructors, paired with micro-learning chapters, and progress checks all taken at your own pace. Engaging visuals and mini-missions cement your knowledge.
Activate your wine career
For those looking for professional development, take the certificate challenge, multiple choice exam that you’ll have an hour to complete.
Wine purchases aren't necessary
This is an entry level course. Start here. You don’t need to purchase wines in order to maximize your learning and enjoyment.
I loved everything about this course! Gives a very good basic knowledge!- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Laila Z. from Canada
What you'll learn
Join us on a Journey
Experience eight modules, each with a different theme, to level up your wine knowledge.
What Really is Wine?
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented grapes. Of course, you can ferment any fruit to make wine.
The 9 Styles of Wine
With so many options out there, how do you hone in on your favorites? Well, as diverse as wine is, most wines can be categorized into 9 styles.
Top 10 Types of Wines
The grapes included here are the most planted varieties. They represent a large portion of what’s available in the market.
How to Taste Wine
The single most important step towards improving your palate. Active tasting is a learned skill.
Wine Serving & Storing Tips
Different types of wines are served and stored differently. Sparkling, Rose, White, Fortified and more.
Food and Wine Pairing Basics
The goal with a great pairing is to create harmony between food and wine. Start thinking of wine more like an ingredient.
Wine Regions of the World
Wine is made in 90+ countries around the world. What Countries make what? Leverage Wine Folly Region Guides for long term learning.
Going Deeper: Soil Types & Wine
Soil provides a clue towards the quality of a wine produced. Climate takes into account the weather patterns and atmospheric conditions that can help wine grapes.
Newly employed by a store that sells mostly wine, I appreciate the book as well as my course notes to better describe the wines that people ask about. I buy a bottle or two every week of wines I might not otherwise have tried; Wine Folly has enabled me to taste wines with more informed expectations, and to make recommendations for pairing. I have a lot to learn, but I appreciate the friendly and approachable good start, thank you!- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Maggie E. from United States
Your Wine Experts
Award winning instructors.
Wine Folly Founder
Madeline Puckette is the cofounder of WineFolly.com. Since its creation in 2011, Wine Folly has become one of the most popular wine education sites in the world due to its extensive use of insightful articles, detailed infographics, and entertaining videos.
In recognition of these efforts, the International Wine & Spirits Competition awarded Puckette with Wine Blogger of the Year in 2013, and Wine Communicator of the Year in 2019.
Master of Wine
Wine Folly's head wine educator, Christine Marsiglio, is one of only 32 Bollinger award-winning Masters of Wine. Before joining Wine Folly, she has worked at the WSET School London where she contributed to the development of materials for the WSET Diploma and taught all WSET levels.
Before discovering her love of wine education, Christine was a Tastings Executive at Decanter where she ran panel tastings and helped organize the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Prove your knowledge, build your resume.
Wine Folly Certifications are an excellent way to prove your knowledge. Gain access to jobs in the wine trade or improve your general wine knowledge.
Complete your exams and earn your certification in real time. No need to wait weeks or months!
Use your computer or your phone while learning at your own pace. Lifetime Access.
Certifications focus on understanding rather than memorizing. Knowledge is retained for longer.
Wine Folly is globally recognized as a premiere wine education platform and has won many awards.
No Extra Fees
You can study as much as you like and prove your knowledge as many times as it takes.
Certifications are optional and affordable. Get the job you've always wanted in the wine industry.
Start learning the basics of wine your own pace
Buy once, use it forever.
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