Wine Sommelier Course


An old Chinese proverb begins, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” and so will your journey into the wonderful world of wine. This is an essential course that you must take as it will give you a firm foundation to build all future knowledge. Begin your journey today.


This Wine Sommelier Course is dedicated to provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge either to re-fresh your knowledge or to give you the skills you need to join the industry!

What You Will Learn in the Wine Sommelier Course

This is a very exciting program that opens up new areas of knowledge for you. Not only will you gain practical wine knowledge and skills, we also have a practical component that you will need to pass in order to receive your certificate.

Wine Course Structure

This is an online, self-paced course and should take approximately 25-30 hours including study time to complete. There will be videos and study material to supplement all the courses.


There are two components:

  1. Theory – which you cover with the materials in the course for Wine Essentials I and Wine Essentials II and the passing of quizzes and final examination are a partial requirement.
  2. Practical – You will be required to submit a series of short videos where you will demonstrate your practical skills and your video content will be marked and a pass or fail mark awarded.

Online Wine Sommelier Course Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements to participate in this course. However, you must be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course if you will participate in the tasting of wines.

Online Course Availability

Courses are available for 6 months upon registration. After it passes this deadline, students will have to re-register for new access.

What our Students are Saying

The course is very intense and it covers all the areas from viticulture and all wine making process, food and wine pairing , trends, different cultures , international wines and the food and wine pairings from different countries. I loved everything.

1.0 Sommelier Introduction

2.0 What is wine

3.0 Grapes

4.0 Growing Conditions

5.0 How to open, store and serve wine

6.0 Pairing wine with food

7.0 Part 1 Conclusion

8. Part 1 Exam

9.0 Viticulture

10.0 Vinification

11.0 Make up of wine, components & wine faults

12.0 Noble Grapes

13.0 The Main Regions and Grape Varieties of Various Countries

14.0 Summary of Must-know Sub-Wine Regions

15.0 Introduction to sparkling wine, sherry, port

16.0 Introduction to Whisky, Brandy, and Liqueurs

17.01 Food and Wine Pairing – Italy

17.02 Food and wine Pairing – Germany

17.03 Food and wine Pairing – Portugal

17.04 Food and wine Pairing – Spain

17.05 Food and wine Pairing – France

17.06 Food and wine Pairing – United States of America

17.07 Food and wine Pairing – Canada

17.08 Food and wine Pairing – Chile

17.09 Food and wine Pairing – Argentina

17.10 Food and wine Pairing – South Africa

17.11 Food and wine Pairing – Australia

17.12 Food and wine Pairing – New Zealand

17.13 Food and wine Pairing – China

17.14- Wine Tasting Equipment and Tasting List

18. Career Opportunities in the World

19.0 Sommelier Practical Component

20.0 Course Feedback

21.0 Final Exam

Estimated study time?

Individuals differ, learning styles differ, and the individual time factors and learning speeds differ so it would be hard to place a precise time so we suggest a range of between 19-25 hours of study. This includes reading through the material and completing the quizzes and the final examination. There is no time constraint nor limit, of utmost importance is you enjoy this journey of knowledge and you indulge your curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

How long do I have to complete the course?

Human beings never complete anything without a target. We may believe this to be untrue but if you were to silently contemplate yourself with unbridled honesty you would admit this is a truth, unpleasant it may be but still the truth. At APWASI we encourage you to complete this course within six months from registration. As the course recommendation is between 19-25 hours, a six-month period of completion is an exaggerated premium of time for you as we want you to do other more constructive things in life than procrastinate.

Who is it for?

Our courses are for the dedicated, determined, belief in themselves and wanting to succeed. If you have these qualities you will succeed at anything you want not only these courses.

These courses, by the nature of their content are aimed at wine professionals currently in the industry and those who are intending to join the industry, and enthusiasts. The kaleidoscope of career options is many. This would include retail, importing, exporting, distributing, and perhaps even producing. Additionally, if you are in the hospitality industry, hotel, airline, cruise ship, high-medium end restaurants, this course would give you a firm and unquestionable structure of wine and spirit knowledge to further your career. Following our 5 C’s philosophy we believe our courses are for those who treasure knowledge and have a thirst to make their mark in life.

Where can I do this?

Anywhere in the globe, on the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the secluded jungle of South America or even the salubrious atmosphere of a private club in London, literally it is anywhere you wish. Our courses are available world-wide, 365/ 24/7, in 23 different languages. All you need is an internet connection! These courses can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet or on your computer.

Why us?

We are all accustomed to choices and with choices there are set parameters that we set before making a decision. Education is not an inanimate object it is not a pair of lifestyle shoes, shirt, blouse or meal. Education is the keystone of your life and we encourage you to choose as you see fit. Our criteria suits those that are openminded, cultural adept, eager to learn on a holistic basis and not just facts and figures- regurgitating them out like an antiquated calculator with a paper roll attached. We want, we demand, our graduates to be beacons of openness, approachable and wanting to share experiences and knowledge with all within the industry. We all begin our life with the currency of youth and this applies to not only APWASI but also other organizations like us across this globe. We bring fresh beginnings with new education methods to match the new trends, embrace the plethora of learning styles and together our courses are definitive in character that are matchless in the devotion given to their creation. If you value the future as we state, “learning for the future” then we are your future.

How can I learn this without tasting?

One cannot learn to swim without water and neither do we expect you to learn without tasting . We have at the end of each course a selection of wines we recommend you to try using the skills you have acquired on the wine essentials course we offer. Through this method you can increase your practical wine tasting skills. Our courses allow you to evaluate the wines by understanding the “why” and “the how”.

I don’t know how to taste.

The ability to taste wine is universal. The methodology to understanding wine and appreciating wine is not universal and that needs to be understood through concept, tasting and recording. This we achieve by having you take the wine essentials course we have as a prerequisite to any courses you select. Within this course lie the secrets to identifying, nosing and tasting wines and finally evaluate wines. It’s our pleasure to join you on this journey of adventure and bountiful knowledge. After taking this course you will learn and be able to taste wine with comfort.

Final Exam Information

For information on final exam procedures, please visit this link.

Dr. Clinton LeeDr. Clinton Lee has attained the highest qualification from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust based in London, the WSET Diploma and the Certified International Educator. He has over 80 million views globally on TikTok and Instagram about his wine and etiquette lessons.

He is an international wine lecturer, writer and critc. He has taught WSET programs and other wine courses both in Canada and internationally in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Argentina, France, Hungary and Italy.