Rioja Wine Diploma

Make people passionate about Rioja

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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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  • Amanda Bergh

    hace 18 días, 30 ago. 2021 14:49

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

  • Tsz Fung Charles Cheng

    hace 22 días, 27 ago. 2021 6:01

    Well-structured course, informative and enjoyable!

  • Krzysztof Sajnóg

    hace 24 días, 24 ago. 2021 16:18

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

  • Andre Rossi

    hace 29 días, 19 ago. 2021 20:00

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

  • Colin

    Colin Li

    hace 1 mes, 15 ago. 2021 15:05

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

  • Heng Meng Hwee

    hace 1 mes, 12 ago. 2021 16:58

    Great Infographics and a good source of reference documents

  • Filippo Cecchi

    hace 1 mes, 10 ago. 2021 13:09

    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

    hace 1 mes, 8 ago. 2021 11:40

    Great info and nice pictures

  • Charles Ka Kee

    Charles Ka Kee Chu

    hace 1 mes, 2 ago. 2021 4:29

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

  • Pavel Konyukhov

    hace 2 meses, 16 jul. 2021 16:38

    It was fun. Thanks!

  • Emma White

    hace 2 meses, 14 jul. 2021 7:04

    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

    hace 2 meses, 9 jul. 2021 6:21

    Very interesting and important information

  • Daniel Tafadzwa Maunganidze

    hace 2 meses, 4 jul. 2021 18:43

    Very informative you picture yourself already there in Rioja.

  • Jackie Cooke

    hace 2 meses, 23 jun. 2021 22:30

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

  • Amanda Bergh

    hace 3 meses, 17 jun. 2021 17:29

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

  • Alfred Nyman Jr

    hace 4 meses, 9 may. 2021 21:23

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

  • Todd Prucyk Prucyk

    hace 4 meses, 25 abr. 2021 6:50

    What a great resource. Thank you!

  • Ian

    Ian Nicholls

    hace 4 meses, 23 abr. 2021 20:58

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

  • Linda Violago

    hace 4 meses, 23 abr. 2021 7:20

    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

    hace 4 meses, 21 abr. 2021 2:20

    Very good course, I learned a ton

  • Dongwoo Lee

    hace 5 meses, 18 abr. 2021 3:25

    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

    hace 5 meses, 15 abr. 2021 22:23

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

  • Christy Echevarria

    hace 5 meses, 11 abr. 2021 22:59

    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

    hace 5 meses, 5 abr. 2021 21:49

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

  • Luz María

    Luz María Mena Ortiz

    hace 5 meses, 4 abr. 2021 17:55

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

  • Oleksandr

    Oleksandr Romakhov

    hace 5 meses, 2 abr. 2021 20:31

    Very nice experience!!!!

  • Stephen Hogg

    hace 6 meses, 4 mar. 2021 13:31

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

  • Alun James

    hace 6 meses, 3 mar. 2021 13:11

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

  • Mary Wright

    hace 7 meses, 18 ene. 2021 14:31

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

  • Justyna Szczurek

    hace 8 meses, 11 ene. 2021 19:50

    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

    hace 8 meses, 11 ene. 2021 11:11

    Wonderful course!

  • Georg Schweitzer

    hace 8 meses, 27 dic. 2020 15:37

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

  • Oleksandr

    Oleksandr Romakhov

    hace 9 meses, 13 dic. 2020 18:44

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

  • Jose Gomez

    hace 9 meses, 1 dic. 2020 22:36


  • Esa Tervo

    hace 10 meses, 31 oct. 2020 20:48

    Excellent and very informative course!

  • Jisun Youm

    hace 10 meses, 21 oct. 2020 0:51

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

  • Margaret Lloyd

    hace 10 meses, 20 oct. 2020 19:18

    Finally catching up again. Very informative :-)

  • Oleksandr

    Oleksandr Romakhov

    hace 11 meses, 16 oct. 2020 20:52

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

  • Vitaliy

    Vitaliy Savelyev

    hace 1 año, 17 sept. 2020 22:53

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

  • Vitaliy

    Vitaliy Savelyev

    hace 1 año, 17 sept. 2020 10:15

    look exellent! Let's start...

  • Emrah Isitmen

    hace 1 año, 3 sept. 2020 11:09

    Great course!

  • Lukasz Stepinski

    hace 1 año, 10 ago. 2020 18:09

    Brilliant and insightful course.

  • Ronald Williams

    hace 1 año, 1 ago. 2020 17:25

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

  • Kenneth

    Kenneth Tucker

    hace 1 año, 21 jul. 2020 15:56

    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

    hace 1 año, 24 jun. 2020 11:55

    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

    hace 1 año, 24 jun. 2020 11:18

    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

    hace 1 año, 23 jun. 2020 19:49

    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

    hace 1 año, 18 jun. 2020 7:44

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

  • Pinku Kumar

    hace 1 año, 10 jun. 2020 12:45

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

  • Andrew Faiola

    hace 1 año, 7 jun. 2020 20:47

    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

    hace 1 año, 6 jun. 2020 22:49

    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

    hace 1 año, 4 jun. 2020 11:31

    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

    hace 1 año, 1 jun. 2020 5:24

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

  • Chiara Fasano

    hace 1 año, 31 may. 2020 19:02

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

  • Yegas Naidoo

    hace 1 año, 30 may. 2020 21:28

    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

    hace 1 año, 30 may. 2020 8:47

    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

    hace 1 año, 29 may. 2020 16:02

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

  • Prasanna Mallik

    hace 1 año, 28 may. 2020 15:07

    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

    hace 1 año, 27 may. 2020 13:06

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

  • Thanesh Mohan

    hace 1 año, 27 may. 2020 11:58

    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

    hace 1 año, 26 may. 2020 17:30

    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

    hace 1 año, 25 may. 2020 14:25

    very nice

  • Saahil Khanna

    hace 1 año, 23 may. 2020 0:18

    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

    hace 1 año, 22 may. 2020 12:03

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

  • Niels

    Niels Van Laatum

    hace 1 año, 20 may. 2020 20:45

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

  • Ashwin Chetal

    hace 1 año, 18 may. 2020 20:14

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

  • Andrew Lynass

    hace 1 año, 18 may. 2020 14:47

    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

    hace 1 año, 17 may. 2020 20:50

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

  • Dmitri Kuznetsov

    hace 1 año, 15 may. 2020 21:23

    Very interesting training, unfortunately failed with exam.

  • Enrico Donati

    hace 1 año, 15 may. 2020 17:55

    Very interesting, complete and educational! Well done!

  • Lenka Praveen

    hace 1 año, 12 may. 2020 16:39

    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

    hace 1 año, 12 may. 2020 14:05

    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

    hace 1 año, 9 may. 2020 18:54

    Having fun taking this course during Stay at Home

  • Danielle Liu

    hace 1 año, 9 may. 2020 10:27

    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

    hace 1 año, 6 may. 2020 12:48

    The course Rioja Wine Diploma is really enjoyable.

  • Andri Andiyatna

    hace 1 año, 5 may. 2020 15:51


  • Mike Dias

    hace 1 año, 5 may. 2020 3:04

    What a great class and format, I love this!

  • Mary Stanley

    hace 1 año, 4 may. 2020 22:42

    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

    hace 1 año, 30 abr. 2020 17:38

    Amazing course,love to learned about Rioja.

  • Tody

    Tody Soriano

    hace 1 año, 29 abr. 2020 22:12

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

  • Anthony Higgins

    hace 1 año, 27 abr. 2020 20:27

    Great course!!

  • Karl Kliparchuk

    hace 1 año, 26 abr. 2020 18:38

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

  • Adam Toes

    hace 1 año, 26 abr. 2020 16:54

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

  • Tukuna Jena

    hace 1 año, 25 abr. 2020 22:35

    very much informative,great to learn

  • Ronald Williams

    hace 1 año, 24 abr. 2020 17:12

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

  • Charles Carron Brown

    hace 1 año, 24 abr. 2020 11:45

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

  • Vania Pacheco

    hace 1 año, 23 abr. 2020 20:53

    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

    hace 1 año, 23 abr. 2020 10:42

    This is amazing!!

  • Nicholas Parsons

    hace 1 año, 22 abr. 2020 18:56

    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

    hace 1 año, 22 abr. 2020 3:31

    I`m loving it

  • Ioana

    Ioana Ardelean

    hace 1 año, 20 abr. 2020 17:17

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

  • Ioana

    Ioana Ardelean

    hace 1 año, 20 abr. 2020 17:17

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

  • Petros Skarmoutsos

    hace 1 año, 15 abr. 2020 15:37

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

  • Ronald Williams

    hace 1 año, 15 abr. 2020 15:21

    Well structured and very enjoyable.

  • Steven Moore

    hace 1 año, 29 mar. 2020 19:51

    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

    hace 1 año, 24 mar. 2020 18:13

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

  • Micky Chan

    hace 1 año, 8 mar. 2020 11:22

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

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