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Wine Training


The UK's largest network of WSET-approved wine educators

Local Wine School is a professional wine education network with centres at over 40 locations across the country.

Established in 1999, the group is now the UK's largest network of WSET-approved wine educators, and is trusted to deliver by some of the best-known and well-respected names in the hospitality industry.

A detailed knowledge of soil types and winemaking is not necessary to sell wine – but a little knowledge can generate confidence and enthusiasm which has a major impact on sales.

We are independent, we don't sell wine, we are full-time professional educators – we don't do anything else.

We can guide you through the choice of wine training available from Introductory to Advanced Levels, including WSET Courses from Level 1 to Level 3, as well as bespoke training designed to suit your needs.

WSET qualifications are now a 'must have' for anybody seriously considering a career in a wine related industry and our WSET-accredited tutors have some of the highest pass rates in the country.

If you can answer yes to any of these six questions - we also know that we can help you!

  1. Do you sell more wine from the low-value end of your range than you would like?
  2. Would you like your staff to have confidence in recommending wines to match your food?
  3. Do you find your customers increasingly know more about wine than your own staff?
  4. Do you have to train new staff who have limited experience selling wine?
  5. Are your staff keen to acquire formal qualifications?
  6. Do you feel you need to offer career support to attract and retain the best quality staff?

What our customers say...

Riedel WSET Educator of the Year Award 2015 – in recognition of our superlative WSET results and innovation in wine education – singled out from over 600 other WSET wine education companies, UK & Worldwide.

Chris Powell,
Managing Director,

Training is an investment and not a 'nice to have.' Its value is in the results it generates for the business.

Andrew Ray Sommelier ,
House of Tides, Michelin starred restaurant, Newcastle
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World Class Wine Training

Whatever the business, good product knowledge is essential for effective selling – nowhere more so than in the wine and hospitality sectors, where the risk of the customer being better informed than the sales person is growing as consumers' wine knowledge increases. (We know, because we are helping to grow that knowledge!).

Simply put – staff at all levels can be better at what they do by knowing more about their product. And few products are as varied and complex as wine...

A detailed knowledge of soil types and winemaking is not necessary to sell wine – but a little knowledge can generate confidence and enthusiasm which has a major impact on sales.

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All students have been engaged and really striven to do well - a sure sign that they are enjoying the challenge.

Ben Smith,
Head of Communications, Concha y Toro

The guest experience has undoubtedly benefited as a result of the staff's knowledge and enthusiasm for wine.

Simon Maguire,
General Manager, Hotel du Vin Brighton

Local Wine Schools in the Press


'The best wine courses and classes in the UK'

Victoria Moore
Daily Telegraph

'Londons loveliest wine tasting classes'

Time Out
Time Out Magazine
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