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 with a maximum of 2 attempts.


You can download resources for this course here:

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  • Lance Barrs

    2 days 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

    3 days ago, May 31, 2020 7:02 PM

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

  • Yegas Naidoo

    4 days 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

    4 days 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

    5 days ago, May 29, 2020 4:02 PM

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

  • Prasanna Mallik

    6 days 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

    7 days 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

    7 days 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

    8 days 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

    9 days ago, May 25, 2020 2:25 PM

    very nice

  • Saahil Khanna

    12 days 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

    12 days ago, May 22, 2020 12:03 PM

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

  • Niels

    Niels Van Laatum

    14 days ago, May 20, 2020 8:45 PM

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

  • Ashwin Chetal

    16 days 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

    16 days 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

    17 days ago, May 17, 2020 8:50 PM

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

  • Dmitri Kuznetsov

    19 days ago, May 15, 2020 9:23 PM

    Very interesting training, unfortunately failed with exam.

  • Enrico Donati

    19 days ago, May 15, 2020 5:55 PM

    Very interesting, complete and educational! Well done!

  • Lenka Praveen

    22 days 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

    22 days 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

    25 days ago, May 9, 2020 6:54 PM

    Having fun taking this course during Stay at Home

  • Danielle Liu

    25 days 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

    28 days ago, May 6, 2020 12:48 PM

    The course Rioja Wine Diploma is really enjoyable.

  • Andri Andiyatna

    29 days ago, May 5, 2020 3:51 PM


  • Mike Dias

    29 days ago, May 5, 2020 3:04 AM

    What a great class and format, I love this!

  • Mary Stanley

    30 days 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 month ago, Apr 30, 2020 5:38 PM

    Amazing course,love to learned about Rioja.

  • Tody

    Tody Soriano

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

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

  • Anthony Higgins

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

    Great course!!

  • Karl Kliparchuk

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

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

  • Adam Toes

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

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

  • Tukuna Jena

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

    very much informative,great to learn

  • Ronald Williams

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

    This is amazing!!

  • Nicholas Parsons

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

    I`m loving it

  • Ioana

    Ioana Ardelean

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

    Well structured and very enjoyable.

  • Steven Moore

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months ago, Mar 8, 2020 11:22 AM

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

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