Rioja Wine Diploma

Make people passionate about Rioja



Welcome to this 100% online, open and free course. This concise and intensive course covers what a future Rioja wines expert needs to know: their territory, grape varietals, the human element, the styles of wine that are created, the classifications of Rioja wines, regulations on viticulture and aspects to do with production, gastronomy and history. Course participants will learn about the flavour and characteristics of the wines and how some of them are developed over time. We will be talking about modern styles and more traditional approaches, as well as the recent trend to official recognition of the territory.

We will suggest various wines that illustrate the course contents and will bring you even closer to our unique interpretation of viticulture and oenology.

When you complete the course, you have a sound knowledge of Rioja and you will understand its position among the world's great wines.

Estimated duration: 15 hrs.

Assessment: At the end of each module there will be a set of review questions 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.

At the end of the course you will take the final exam. This will consist of 30 questions, which you will have to answer within a time limit of 30 minutes. To be awarded the Rioja Wine Diploma, you must answer at least 75% of the questions correctly.

You have a maximum of 2 attempts to pass your exam, but if you fail, RWA will launch a new call every three months - with two other opportunities - of which you will be informed in advance so that you can take the exam again and obtain the certificate.


You can download resources for this course here:

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  • Douglas Coil

    11 days ago, Nov 19, 2021 4:07 PM

    The Rioja Wine Diploma course was a comprehensive online course, with a challenging final exam, which reflected the understanding of the DOCa Rioja. I would like to visit the area in the future.

  • Alessandro

    Alessandro Ago

    16 days ago, Nov 14, 2021 11:06 PM

    This is a wonderful, in-depth course that truly inspires a trip to visit DOCa Rioja!

  • Marcos Iglesias Alvarez

    18 days ago, Nov 12, 2021 9:36 PM

    Very well done and a fair exam. I would love to obtain a copy of the presentations to be able to use them in my classes.

  • John Thomas

    21 days ago, Nov 9, 2021 7:24 PM

    Enjoyable, well done course with a challenging exam at the end.

  • Nikolaos Vassiliades

    30 days ago, Oct 31, 2021 6:04 PM

    Great one, the exam was challenging!!!

  • Matthias Linnenkugel

    2 months ago, Sep 25, 2021 11:14 PM

    Quite interesting and comprehensive! Well done!

  • Jason Carter

    2 months ago, Sep 19, 2021 10:29 PM

    Informative and thorough course

  • Maria Dimou

    2 months ago, Sep 19, 2021 2:21 PM

    very informative course, great job! Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Benny

    Benny Cheam Dow Aun

    2 months ago, Sep 18, 2021 12:15 PM

    Very informative, its good especially for people to further their wine studies

  • Amanda Bergh

    3 months ago, Aug 30, 2021 2:49 PM

    Thank you for all the effort that went into putting this course together.

  • Tsz Fung Charles Cheng

    3 months ago, Aug 27, 2021 6:01 AM

    Well-structured course, informative and enjoyable!

  • Krzysztof Sajnóg

    3 months ago, Aug 24, 2021 4:18 PM

    Complex and intense course, great experience and hard but fair examination on the end.

  • Andre Rossi

    3 months ago, Aug 19, 2021 8:00 PM

    A very complete and interesting course, with great depth and nice format!

  • Colin

    Colin Li

    3 months ago, Aug 15, 2021 3:05 PM

    informative, practical, unique! effective design for us learners with interesting content! I like it!

  • Heng Meng Hwee

    3 months ago, Aug 12, 2021 4:58 PM

    Great Infographics and a good source of reference documents

  • Filippo Cecchi

    3 months ago, Aug 10, 2021 1:09 PM

    Un instrumento muy bien desarrollado. Lo he encontrado útil y de largo estímulo por el profundizar en el conocimiento de los vinos Rioja y más en general de los vinos de España. Muchas gracias.

  • Hugo Van Der Geest

    3 months ago, Aug 8, 2021 11:40 AM

    Great info and nice pictures

  • Charles Ka Kee

    Charles Ka Kee Chu

    3 months ago, Aug 2, 2021 4:29 AM

    This is very informative and interesting experience for this online experience. The programme design is very effective to learners!

  • Pavel Konyukhov

    4 months ago, Jul 16, 2021 4:38 PM

    It was fun. Thanks!

  • Emma White

    4 months ago, Jul 14, 2021 7:04 AM

    very interesting and great to understand the new laws and regulations now in place. I'm off to buy a bottle of Rioja for dinner

  • Cesar Picos

    4 months ago, Jul 9, 2021 6:21 AM

    Very interesting and important information

  • Daniel Tafadzwa Maunganidze

    4 months ago, Jul 4, 2021 6:43 PM

    Very informative you picture yourself already there in Rioja.

  • Jackie Cooke

    5 months ago, Jun 23, 2021 10:30 PM

    A terrific learning experience and brought back many memories of my trip to Rioja!

  • Amanda Bergh

    5 months ago, Jun 17, 2021 5:29 PM

    Thank you for an amazing journey, I learned a lot.

  • Alfred Nyman Jr

    6 months ago, May 9, 2021 9:23 PM

    Enjoy the knowledge, Exam was a challenge, but passed on the first run.

  • Todd Prucyk Prucyk

    7 months ago, Apr 25, 2021 6:50 AM

    What a great resource. Thank you!

  • Ian

    Ian Nicholls

    7 months ago, Apr 23, 2021 8:58 PM

    What a great learning experience, a job well done.....

  • Linda Violago

    7 months ago, Apr 23, 2021 7:20 AM

    This was a fun and informative course. The modules were a great, digestible size and the regular quizzes were very helpful. It's a great program, and I recommend it to anyone. I lived in Spain (but left before the changes and addition of varieties) and though I visited Rioja a number of times, I learned a lot from this course.

  • Jake Baloian

    7 months ago, Apr 21, 2021 2:20 AM

    Very good course, I learned a ton

  • Dongwoo Lee

    7 months ago, Apr 18, 2021 3:25 AM

    굉장히 유용한 정보가 많습니다. 시험은 상당히 어렵기 때문에 공부를 해야지 패스할 수 있습니다. Excellent course, very helpful for not just Spanish wine lovers but also wine lovers.

  • Bill

    Bill Newman

    7 months ago, Apr 15, 2021 10:23 PM

    Great course. Helped with my deeper understanding of Rioja its wines and production in preparation for WSET level 3 exam. Saludos!

  • Christy Echevarria

    7 months ago, Apr 11, 2021 10:59 PM

    A thoroughly enjoyable approach to understanding the Rioja wine region and Rioja wines. One could spend a lifetime studying this singular region – its terroir, vineyards, grapes, wineries, and wines. Rioja Wine Academy provides for an excellent investment of your time - if you love good wine!

  • Bouteiller Kler-Yann

    7 months ago, Apr 5, 2021 9:49 PM

    Thanks for this incursion in the Rioja region, wines and culture. Looking forward the upcoming webinar

  • Luz María

    Luz María Mena Ortiz

    7 months ago, Apr 4, 2021 5:55 PM

    Excelente curso, muy completo e interesante. Gracias por la calidad que entregan.

  • Oleksandr

    Oleksandr Romakhov

    7 months ago, Apr 2, 2021 8:31 PM

    Very nice experience!!!!

  • Stephen Hogg

    8 months ago, Mar 4, 2021 1:31 PM

    Delighted to have passed. A detailed informative and interesting course. Many thanks, now off for a glass or two to celebrate :)

  • Alun James

    8 months ago, Mar 3, 2021 1:11 PM

    Good course. Very thorough; well laid out in sections; good interactivity; challenging exam.

  • Mary Wright

    10 months ago, Jan 18, 2021 2:31 PM

    An excellent course. Interesting content, very well presented throughout. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Justyna Szczurek

    10 months ago, Jan 11, 2021 7:50 PM

    I really loved the course. You can get really deep knowledge and understanding of the region. I am so in love that I would so like to do the profesional course for Rioja Educators!

  • Simone Vergamini

    10 months ago, Jan 11, 2021 11:11 AM

    Wonderful course!

  • Georg Schweitzer

    11 months ago, Dec 27, 2020 3:37 PM

    Excellent educational material, all you need to know to understand the basics of Rioja!

  • Oleksandr

    Oleksandr Romakhov

    11 months ago, Dec 13, 2020 6:44 PM

    It was excellent time to get so much deep information of Rioja!!!

  • Jose Gomez

    11 months ago, Dec 1, 2020 10:36 PM


  • Esa Tervo

    1 year ago, Oct 31, 2020 8:48 PM

    Excellent and very informative course!

  • Jisun Youm

    1 year ago, Oct 21, 2020 12:51 AM

    i am pleased to get new world of wine and Rioja.

  • Margaret Lloyd

    1 year ago, Oct 20, 2020 7:18 PM

    Finally catching up again. Very informative :-)

  • Oleksandr

    Oleksandr Romakhov

    1 year ago, Oct 16, 2020 8:52 PM

    Very deep information course! So good to know so many interesting things regarding Rioja!

  • Vitaliy

    Vitaliy Savelyev

    1 year ago, Sep 17, 2020 10:53 PM

    Exellent. Plenty new information,just perfect format...

  • Vitaliy

    Vitaliy Savelyev

    1 year ago, Sep 17, 2020 10:15 AM

    look exellent! Let's start...

  • Emrah Isitmen

    1 year ago, Sep 3, 2020 11:09 AM

    Great course!

  • Lukasz Stepinski

    1 year ago, Aug 10, 2020 6:09 PM

    Brilliant and insightful course.

  • Ronald Williams

    1 year ago, Aug 1, 2020 5:25 PM

    Very interesting course and well presented but some of the examination questions were open to a number of interpretations.

  • Kenneth

    Kenneth Tucker

    1 year ago, Jul 21, 2020 3:56 PM

    A very in depth and challenging course which has helped with my WSET studies. Be sure to thoroughly review all modules before taking the exam.

  • Kevin Archer

    1 year ago, Jun 24, 2020 11:55 AM

    A very informative and interesting course. I thought I had a good knowledge of the area but have learnt a lot. I would go over all the modules again once you have finished to refresh your memory as the exam is quite challenging.

  • Nancy Reinertz-Sjoblom

    1 year ago, Jun 24, 2020 11:18 AM

    A very good course. It helped me on basic winemaking topics (soil, grapes, climate etc.) and helped me in preparations for my WSET 3 rd level exam. One of the greatest tips was the website which I will use to plan my trip to the Rioja region. The exam was really difficult, I thought. Multiple answers to multiple choice questions were tricky.

  • Sanjaya Kumar Nayak

    1 year ago, Jun 23, 2020 7:49 PM

    One of the best online wine course available now.Very well planned designed with lots of picture and video demonstration.Its 15 hours timing but I would recommend study well before attempting the exam some questions are very tricky n have more than one answer .So please read every single words in the study materials.Thanks once again Rioja Wine Academy for this beautiful informative course.In the end when you will get the certificate its really worth it.

  • Joyson Chakramakil

    1 year ago, Jun 18, 2020 7:44 AM

    An amazing diploma course, which goes well in detail of a particular region. Very well organised course.

  • Pinku Kumar

    1 year ago, Jun 10, 2020 12:45 PM

    excellent diploma wine course .well learning and depth knowledge in DOCa Rioja Wine .

  • Andrew Faiola

    1 year ago, Jun 7, 2020 8:47 PM

    Fantastic course. Extremely in-depth; masses of great information. The exam is hard work; didn't pass first time around, but I passed. Time to toast myself with a nice Reserva!

  • Feixiong Guo

    1 year ago, Jun 6, 2020 10:49 PM

    It's a very educational courses that I took. The content of Rioja Wine expands my wine knowledge bases and very helpful for my WSET diploma study. It's not very easy so whoever wants to take the test should read the materials seriously. Amazing website! Excellent contents!

  • Thang

    Thang Tunglut

    1 year ago, Jun 4, 2020 11:31 AM

    Rioja wine course helps me a lot to learn more deeper what’s exactly and what’s different to other wineries... This gonna helps apt at work on to upsell the Spanish wines collections that we have in our wine cellar...!!! Grazie Mille Rioja

  • Lance Barrs

    1 year ago, Jun 1, 2020 5:24 AM

    Excellent course, well constructed. Great knowledge for anyone looking to put together a Spanish wine section in their wine cellar.

  • Chiara Fasano

    1 year ago, May 31, 2020 7:02 PM

    Great course ! It offers a really depth knowledge about Rioja . The exam is very challenging !

  • Yegas Naidoo

    1 year ago, May 30, 2020 9:28 PM

    Rioja Wine Academy / Rioja Wine Diploma Testimonial : The Academy positions the new face of Rioja skilfully and logically in an informative, up-to-date rendition of past to present day history, evolving developments and current stats elevating this bespoke Rioja course from elementary to educational. The content is rich, visuals engaging and video clips relevant. Do not hasten to take the exam immediately. The 30 minute , 30 question format of the final quiz is not as easy as it sounds. Whilst the questions might not at first glance appear challenging read through the options carefully, there could be multiple answers. There are no trick questions. if you absorb all the course contents carefully you will surely pass. Good luck and enjoy your cyber learning during these challenging times.

  • Santanu Kumar

    Santanu Kumar Behera

    1 year ago, May 30, 2020 8:47 AM

    Thanks to Rioja Wine Academy for this course. Detailed information from the wine region to production. i got a depth knowledge about the wines

  • Daniel Franklin

    1 year ago, May 29, 2020 4:02 PM

    Great course, will be recommending it to friends and people within the industry. Thank you.

  • Prasanna Mallik

    1 year ago, May 28, 2020 3:07 PM

    It an excellent course for wine lovers. Personally I got depth knowledge about Rioja wine. According to my point of view all wine lover should pursue this training. Thank you very much Rioja wine Academy.

  • George Sakulias

    1 year ago, May 27, 2020 1:06 PM

    the course was excellent! I learnt so much. Before doing the course, I have never dealt with Spanish wines. My new favourites

  • Thanesh Mohan

    1 year ago, May 27, 2020 11:58 AM

    The course is well aided along with well made supporting materials on the culture and wines of Rioja . Also the compilation of the course is so engaging . I think the team who compiled the Rioja wine diploma must spend a lot of time and knowledge in designing the modules . Thank you for all involved for such an amazing course.

  • Aniket Mali

    1 year ago, May 26, 2020 5:30 PM

    Amazing course. very informative and challenging as well. All the quiz sections were amazing and the final examination was very challenging but it was fun. Thank you RIOJA WINE for such an amazing course.

  • Sai Krishna Botla

    1 year ago, May 25, 2020 2:25 PM

    very nice

  • Saahil Khanna

    1 year ago, May 23, 2020 12:18 AM

    Very informative. I'd like to suggest that students should be able to go back to each question before submitting as it is quite difficult.

  • Suzie Tydeman

    1 year ago, May 22, 2020 12:03 PM

    A really interesting course. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Quite a searching exam!

  • Niels

    Niels Van Laatum

    1 year ago, May 20, 2020 8:45 PM

    70 out of 75% - not funny, must try again!

  • Ashwin Chetal

    1 year ago, May 18, 2020 8:14 PM

    An in-depth study material related to wines, a must have for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

  • Andrew Lynass

    1 year ago, May 18, 2020 2:47 PM

    Very interesting and worth studying. I would be very interested to know which questions I got wrong. I think it would help others to know too. Particularly when answering date related and percentage questions.

  • Bozhidar Nekeziev

    1 year ago, May 17, 2020 8:50 PM

    Very interesting, entirely open and interactive! I highly recommend it! Thank you Rioja!

  • Dmitri Kuznetsov

    1 year ago, May 15, 2020 9:23 PM

    Very interesting training, unfortunately failed with exam.

  • Enrico Donati

    1 year ago, May 15, 2020 5:55 PM

    Very interesting, complete and educational! Well done!

  • Lenka Praveen

    1 year ago, May 12, 2020 4:39 PM

    Exceptional and amazing wine course and testing for 100% knowledge, enjoyed and proud to be a graduate. more respect for RIOJA wine region.

  • Kenneth Wong

    1 year ago, May 12, 2020 2:05 PM

    Great course and format. Very informative but it gets real technical. Personally, have done quite a few wine trips down under. Now this has got me interested in a trip to one of the Rioja wine routes!!

  • Deborah Kneer-Guastella

    1 year ago, May 9, 2020 6:54 PM

    Having fun taking this course during Stay at Home

  • Danielle Liu

    1 year ago, May 9, 2020 10:27 AM

    This course is very well organized and the content are interesting and valuable. I hope two of the choices in the exam can be translated into English. Thank you.

  • Krasimir Nedelchev

    1 year ago, May 6, 2020 12:48 PM

    The course Rioja Wine Diploma is really enjoyable.

  • Andri Andiyatna

    1 year ago, May 5, 2020 3:51 PM


  • Mike Dias

    1 year ago, May 5, 2020 3:04 AM

    What a great class and format, I love this!

  • Mary Stanley

    1 year ago, May 4, 2020 10:42 PM

    I'd like to do a review before I take the exam. I didn't take notes the first time through. and I'd like to spend more time studying

  • Durga Pradhan

    1 year ago, Apr 30, 2020 5:38 PM

    Amazing course,love to learned about Rioja.

  • Tody

    Tody Soriano

    1 year ago, Apr 29, 2020 10:12 PM

    A great tool to learn more about Rioja's culture and winemaking tradition.

  • Anthony Higgins

    1 year ago, Apr 27, 2020 8:27 PM

    Great course!!

  • Karl Kliparchuk

    1 year ago, Apr 26, 2020 6:38 PM

    The final exam is very difficult. Read through all the sections!

  • Adam Toes

    1 year ago, Apr 26, 2020 4:54 PM

    This is seriously good guys. Massive thumbs up from @ERWASociety (Instagram)

  • Tukuna Jena

    1 year ago, Apr 25, 2020 10:35 PM

    very much informative,great to learn

  • Ronald Williams

    1 year ago, Apr 24, 2020 5:12 PM

    Impressive. A few small issues with the English translation but really enjoyable. Well done!

  • Charles Carron Brown

    1 year ago, Apr 24, 2020 11:45 AM

    Having great fun whilst doing this - being a sommelier its great to have another qualification added onto your belt

  • Vania Pacheco

    1 year ago, Apr 23, 2020 8:53 PM

    Gracias por la oportunidad de aprender sobre Rioja! I am enjoying the course and it's itching my travel bug once this pandemic is under control! Salud!

  • Gabriele Colombo

    1 year ago, Apr 23, 2020 10:42 AM

    This is amazing!!

  • Nicholas Parsons

    1 year ago, Apr 22, 2020 6:56 PM

    I have learnt so much about Rioja wines and the region from which they come from through this well planned and put together course. I have learnt so much about wine during the lockdown.

  • Ronald

    Ronald Chiimba

    1 year ago, Apr 22, 2020 3:31 AM

    I`m loving it

  • Ioana

    Ioana Ardelean

    1 year ago, Apr 20, 2020 5:17 PM

    During this confinement, it's wonderful to learn about Rioja and about wine within these courses!

  • Ioana

    Ioana Ardelean

    1 year ago, Apr 20, 2020 5:17 PM

    During this confinement, it's wonderful to learn about Rioja and about wine within these courses!

  • Petros Skarmoutsos

    1 year ago, Apr 15, 2020 3:37 PM

    Great initiative, material is great and really covers the region in every aspect. Proud to learn about Rioja!

  • Ronald Williams

    1 year ago, Apr 15, 2020 3:21 PM

    Well structured and very enjoyable.

  • Steven Moore

    1 year ago, Mar 29, 2020 7:51 PM

    Wow. That final exam was not easy. Now that I passed it, I'd like to see all of the questions and the correct answers to learn which ones I missed. The whole course was a lot of fun, however, so thank you for giving me the chance to learn more about my favorite wines.

  • Tiago

    Tiago Marques

    1 year ago, Mar 24, 2020 6:13 PM

    A very good course which was a wonderful complement for my activity as a WSET Educator!

  • Micky Chan

    1 year ago, Mar 8, 2020 11:22 AM

    Very good and comprehensive understandings on Rioja area! Highly recommended!

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