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Wine Tasting & Wine Courses in Sussex

Sussex Wine School

Welcome to Sussex Wine School, an independent wine education company based in Brighton. We're here to inspire you about wine, to help you discover new wines and wine styles and to build your confidence with wine.

We do this by sharing our knowledge of wine through tastings and courses with wine lovers and wine professionals in Sussex, helping them understand where wine comes from, how it is made and introducing them to a wide range of grape varieties and wine regions from around the world. We are the leading provider of WSET courses in Sussex and an approved provider of Wine Scholar Guild courses and Capstone California courses.  No previous experience is necessary. We have an excellent group of tutors to guide you through your tasting or course, many of whom are WSET Diploma qualified or members of the Association of Wine Educators

We partner with other Sussex based businesses and people to deliver our tastings and courses and pledge to give 1% of our net sales revenues every year to charities working to improve the natural environment in Sussex.

We are proud to partner with the Drinks Trust via their DEVELOP programme, to support those on a low income to join our flag ship WSET courses.   

Want to know where to start? Take this short quiz to test your wine level.


Learn with a Wine Course

Broaden your wine horizons with our 8 Week flagship World of Wine course. Taste 50 deliciously different wines from around the world on our flagship course in Tunbridge Wells. 

Or if you want to  dive deeper into countries, regions and grapes then are 3 or 4 week courses are perfect. 

Or if you just want to spend a great day tasting wine our one day Saturdays include 12 wines and a delicious lunch..

These courses are an informal and practical course designed for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more. No previous wine experience is necessary.


Evening Tastings

Evening wine tastings help you explore wines, wines styles and wine regions from around the world in more detail. We have a wide range of wine tasting events to allow you to develop your wine knowledge further from Introductory tastings to country specific tastings to masterclasses and food & wine pairing evenings there is something for everyone.  We'll help you learn more about wine and inspire you about wine in a relaxed setting.

WSET, Wine Scholar Guild & Capstone California

WSET qualifications are a 'must-have' for wine enthusiasts and anybody seriously considering a career in the wine or hospitality industries.  Globally recognised, they are the bench mark in wine education. We have 10 years experience, high pass rates, great student feedback and run regular Level 1, 2 and 3 in Wines courses both in classroom and online formats. 

Wine Scholar Guild courses offer students an in depth look at the grapes, wine styles, wine regions, history and geology of France, Italy, and Spain. They are the most comprehensive and up to date wine courses available.

The Capstone California Wine program offers four levels of study, from novice (no previous knowledge of Californian wine needed) to expert. 

Sussex Wine School

At Sussex Wine School we really love wine and we have been helping people learn about wine in Brighton since 2012. 

We don't sell wine so we buy wine for our tastings and courses from local, regional and national wine companies.

The wine school network we are part of won the Riedel WSET Educator of the Year Award in 2015.  


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