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Introductory Level 1 | 6 Hours | 8 wines guided tasting session | €75

The Introductory Level 1 covers six hours of wine curriculum, beginning with major eras in the history of California wine, including the Mission era, post-Gold Rush, Prohibition, and modern times.
Level 1 candidates will:

  • Learn how California’s geography, the Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges affect viticulture and wine styles.
  • Acquire fundamental knowledge of grape-growing practices and the specifics of viticulture compared to other agriculture, including the ability to identify and describe the important grape varieties grown in California.
  • Receive an introduction to the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, including the world-famous AVAs of Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara County.
  • Explore California’s iconic wineries, such as Ridge Vineyards, Frog’s Leap Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery.
  • Learn about the key statistics for California wine in global production, consumption and exports.
  • During our included guided tastings, we will feature 8 wines matching the AVA’s and grape varieties from the course material

If you would like to sign up for level 1 “online”, you can do that here:

You will receive within 48 hours a special code to start your California Capstone adventure.

The tasting sessions are to the students who subscribe for the online course.
Only those who have registered for the Capstone online classes can participate in the tasting sessions.

Intermediate Level 2 | 20 Hours | 16 wines guided tasting session | €125

The Intermediate Level 2 course builds on Level 1 with 20 hours of curriculum and an additional tasting component. For theory, students will cover important events in California’s wine history timeline and identify key figures who helped shaped the state’s wine industry, as well as:

  • Learn about important geographical factors in major California regions such as rivers, dry creeks and important mountain ranges including the Coastal Range, Mayacamas Mountains, the Vaca Range and Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • Take a deeper look at seven of California’s key grape varieties by exploring the growing regions where they are grown and their distinctive taste profiles.
  • Build understanding about the annual life cycle of the vine and related terms including: flowering, bud break, véraison, trellising, pruning, green harvest, harvest timing and more.
  • Learn winemaking fundamentals and explore cooperage variations (French vs. American vs. other European oak) and how wine style is affected by oak selection.
  • Delve deeper into historic AVAs in Lodi and the Sacramento Delta, Mendocino County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County and Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • During our included guided tastings, we will feature 8 wines matching the AVA’s and grape varieties from the course material

If you would like to sign up for level 2, please register first for Level 1. Please note that we will only register you for Level 2 if you followed Level 1. Tastings for Level 2 will be offered from January 2022 on.
If you have prior knowledge on Californian wines and you think you can start directly at Capstone Level 2, please send us an e-mail to

Level 1: 75 € all included
Level 2: 125 € all included

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