Rioja Wine Certified Educator

Make people passionate about Rioja



If you want to take this course, you must "Request access" and create a Rioja Wine Academy account. In the following weeks, we will contact you and ask for the requirements (mentioned at the end of this description). The enrolment dates are open until the 5th of March 2020 and the short-listing of the candidates will be performed following these dates. Those who are short listed will have to undergo a Skype interview with members of the Rioja Wine team, and 25 participants will finally be chosen to take the course.



This course is an initiative that sets out to promote specialised instructors in our wines, guaranteeing their level of knowledge, the rigour of their training discourse, the ability to convey their passion for Rioja and above all to be able to educate trainees by delivering courses about Rioja face to face in other training centres, regions and countries.

The course will be divided into three phases:

  • Phase One: Online basic level course. The accepted educators, having first passed through a selection process, will access online study modules and take a final exam that they have to complete successfully within a time limit. They will have to achieve a minimum score to continue to the next stage.
  • Phase Two: Trip to Rioja. A 5-day English language course in which they will get to know other trainees and take part in technical workshops, wine-tastings, visits to producers in the D.O. Region, their wineries and vineyards ...
  • Phase Three: Final Project. The trainees will have to send in a final project on a topic that is set by the Regulatory Council and thus demonstrate first-hand what they have learned throughout the training. The project must be completed by a submission deadline.

If you are someone involved in wine education and training, with at least two years’ experience, command of languages and keen to be a Rioja ambassador, you are the ideal candidate for this role. You will be asked to submit your CV, have proven experience and provide a cover letter.


Estimated duration: 30 hrs.



During the basic-level online course, there will be a set of review questions at the end of each module relating to the content. To progress to the next modules, you will need to answer 100% of the questions correctly and you will have a limited number of attempts.

There will then be a final exam consisting of 30 questions, which you will have to answer within a time limit of 30 minutes. In order to be able to continue on with the second phase of the course, you must answer 75% of the questions correctly. You have a maximum of 2 attempts.



  • Proven experience and active involvement in the wine industry for at least 2 years
  • Already involved in wine education/training
  • Languages - strong command of English
  • WSET ¾ certification is a plus
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong commitment


To be able to take the course, you must follow the application process and wait for the reply from the Regulatory Council of the Rioja Designation of Origin. If you are short-listed, you will be called to interview via Skype and then finally if successful you will be notified that you have been accepted on the 2020 course.

You can download resources for this course here:

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