A very warm welcome to Hampshire Wine School - an independent wine education company, not affiliated to any wine merchants or retailers. We run Wine Tastings and Wine Courses in Hampshire, Southampton, and Winchester for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it. No previous wine tasting experience is necessary.
All our Wine Appreciation Courses and Wine Tasting evenings focus on enjoying wine and learning about it in a relaxed setting, with friendly people. Our sessions suit all levels of knowledge and experience, starting with our Saturday Introductory courses, a great way of immersing yourself in the subject through a leisurely tasting of 12 delicious wines (for £75, lunch and a glass of Champagne included!).
Our 1-Evening Wine Tastings (from only £22.50) provide the opportunity to try a tasting with no previous experience. Its also a great way to meet people who share your passion for wine - do try one - we are sure you will enjoy it!
- Learn to taste wine like a professional
- Taste wine with food and understand food and wine pairing
- Explore new wine regions and grape varieties
- Flexible courses: miss a night? Get a credit!
- Unravel the mysteries of wine lists and labels
- Have fun!
19 training courses found
Wine Tasting - 8-week Comparison Course (Level 2): France vs New World This fascinating course will focus on the classic wine regions of France and directly compare them against the best the New World can offer using the same grapes! Join us each evening as we taste several pairs of wines made from the same variety, but from different countries. Can you easily tell the difference between Syrah from the south of France and Shiraz from the Barossa Valley in Australia By the end of the course you will! We will compare Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and more from the best locations and producers from France and the New World.
Part One – Bordeaux & Burgundy ‘There are no other regions with such recognition in the world of wine’ - Cecile Claret, traditional-British for Bordeaux, has been a firm favourite of ours for centuries. The quintessential classic reds from high-esteemed villages such as Margaux, Pauillac and St.
Chardonnay is the most successful white grape in the world. We will explore oaked, unoaked, youthful as well as aged versions of the most reknown and beloved of grapes.
This week, we sample the delights of the Loire Valley against those of the New World in terms of SAUVIGNON BLANC wines. We tour the stunning vineyards of the Loire Valley for refreshing, mineral and bone-dry wines.
Part One - New Zealand ‘The largest wine-growth country in the world spearheaded by Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc & Central Otago Pinot Noir’ - Cecile Marlborough is a small region conquering the wine world by storm. The punchy and complex Sauvignon Blanc from here always delivers and has won the hearts of many a wine enthusiast.
Have you ever wondered which wine to serve at your dinner party or what goes well with Asian food? – well this is the tasting for you! The evening is aimed at demonstrating which wines go well with different types of food. Our detailed food and wine matching workshop will help you understand which wines to pair with a wide variety of meat, poultry, fish vegetarian dishes as well as desserts and cheese.
Want to try a wide variety of wines and learn about new grape varieties? Want to discover which wines match best with which foods? Want a fun, interactive wine course which will teach you all the basics about wine and a lot more? Then this is the course for you! Our 8-week courses are a great way to spend an enjoyable Friday evening learning about wine. The course is suitable for those who haven't had any previous wine tasting experience; but with so many great wines to taste and explore, we are sure that even those with a little knowledge will learn something new! Your tutor, Cecile Bergart, is a published Champagne and Wine Educator, a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine, for Channel 4 'Superscrimpers', a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Solent, as well as being an approved staff educator for Marks and Spencer.
Spanish Wines & Tapas Evening Join us as we taste a selection of fantastic wines of Spain that are the buzz-words in the wine industry at the moment, served alongside mouth-watering platters of tapas and spanish-style amuse-bouches. At the core of this area we find the classic Rioja joined by the youthful Navarra.
Join us for an introductory look at the wonderfully diverse and quirky world of wine. It might even start you on a journey of vinious discovery! If you know what you like, but want to understand why - then this evening is for you.
Join us on an 'Introduction to Wine' day from 11.00am to 4.
Wine Tasting - Malbec from Around the World: South-Western France vs New World Can the New World - Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, South Africa - beat South-Western France in this BLIND tasting challenge Well, come and find out! Red wine lover Compare some of the best Malbec from Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and Australia (yes, Malbec is no longer just grown in Argentina!) with some of the best Malbec from Cahors (yes, Malbec actually orginates from France!). Think you only like a particular type Then prepare to have your tastebuds challenged .
In our everlasting mission to educate and expand your palates, we at Hampshire Wine School also host informal whisky tasting events in the traditional and atmospheric function room of Green Man Pub, in Winchester City Centre. Our knowledgeable and friendly whisky tasting tutor, Kevin White, focuses on providing the juicy details you really want to know, hopefully shedding light on the wine jargon that can so easily confuse.
Saturday 'Introduction to Wine' Course in Southampton: 11am to 4pm, with 2-course lunch & a glass of Champagne Passionate or interested about wine & want to learn more? Do you want to discover fascinating and delicious new wines & grape varieties? Do you want to taste a wide variety of wines and understand what makes them so different ? Do you want to know which wine to drink with what food? Then these are the courses for you and is a fascinating Introduction to the wonderful world of wine! It is also a great way to meet new friends who share your love of wine. This course also includes a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of Champagne in the cosy function room at the 5AA White Star Tavern, on Oxford Street.
Wine Tasting - Syrah/Shiraz and Red Blends: Rhone Valley vs New World The Hampshire Wine School is delighted to welcome you to one of our favourite wine tastings! This fascinating wine tasting evening will focus on the classic wine region of the Rhone Valley in France. The evening will cover an overview of all the different appellations and an explanation of the different styles of wine produced.
French Cheese & French Wine Pairing Workshop France is the home to some of the world's greatest cheeses and is famous for its diverse and interesting range of regional cheeses, at least 365 of them! A fuFrench Cheese & French Wine Pairing Workshop ll selection of these renowned cheeses will be enjoyed in this classic tasting evening. We will be tasting 6 French classics including Brie de Meaux, Comte, fresh goat's cheese, Munster and Roquefort.
The perfect evening for all you red wine fans to come along a get a little taste of what a Hampshire Wine School evening is all about! This tasting makes the perfect gift for the red wine lover in your life and can be ordered as a gift voucher at no extra cost. This evening we will be concentrating on ripe, rich, soft and spicy reds which are packed full of juicy fruit flavours.
Wine Tasting - Bordeaux vs New World : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot & Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Learn why France still makes the best wines in the world. Discover the best value from Bordeaux, and taste some wines from the left bank.
Gin & Tonic Tasting Lubrication to your education is provided by our resident gin instructor, Kevin White, in the Green Man gastro-pub 'outhouse' room, which will be turned into a 'gin palace' for 2 hours of pure tasting pleasure. Be guided through the fascinating history of gin and learn why we love it so much! Are you acquainted with Madam Geneva Maybe you are without knowing it.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wine tasting on Chile & Argentina, focusing on affordable and high quality wines. Part One – Chile ‘A near-perfect climate results in great value-for-money wines with good flavour' – Cecile What makes Chile such an attractive ‘safe bet’ for a consumer? We’ll look at the facts, looking at the climate through to the diverse country that is Chile.