The combination of advances in digital technology and the COVID pandemic have increased the demand for online classes of every type – including wine.  Grape Experience has responded by creating several ways to learn about wine Online.  These options range from completely online courses to hybrid in-person and online sessions.  The demand has been incredible and if you are interested in Online wine education you might want to check out our offerings.

WSET Level 1 and Level 2 Online Live Wine Courses

In combination with our partner school, Commonwealth Wine School, we have created an online curriculum that includes weekly live Zoom sessions with actual wine – we provide a tasting kit that the student orders and has sent to wherever they like – and a self-paced study program.  During the live sessions everyone has the same wine samples and tastes together – as if we were all in the same room!  Of course, if students miss one of the live Zoom sessions they can always watch a recorded version.  We hope to add a Live Zoom Level 3 in Wine this autumn.

WSET Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma Online Lectures

For WSET Level 3 in Wine and the Level 4 Diploma in Wine courses we have created an online site that includes study support and access to recorded lectures.  These recordings are not a grainy/out-of-focus tape of a class, but a personalized discussion geared specially for the Online format.  Students can view the slides with detailed commentary for each course session in their own time to either supplement an in-person course or a self-study Online program.  WSET Level 3 and Diploma exams are heavily theory focused and these Online platforms are designed to really underscore key concepts to empower students and maximize their success. Recommended tasting samples are included which students purchase on their own.

WSET Online Classroom

For all our WSET courses a self-study version through the WSET Online Classroom is also available.  In this format students work with an Online tutor over a number of weeks.  Through WSET’s proprietary digital format the participant meets other students and is given tasting and theory assignments which they can choose to submit to the tutor for feedback.  WSET’s Online platform may be perfect for the student who is self-directed and wants to purchase more than just a book or exam.

The technology for online learning continues to expand each year.  Virtual reality and artificial intelligence – such as ChatGPT – will take us to the next level in Online learning.  To see what is available now check out Wine Courses for Beginners