A Comprehensive Programme for Aspiring Wine Professionals
Developed by renowned wine professionals to respond to the industry needs, Le Cordon Bleu London's Wine Diploma is a full-time wine business management course that prepares students to succeed in the world of wine with an operational and strategic approach to the food and drinks business.
The Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management has been designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of wine and gastronomy incorporating wine sensory analysis, wine production, food and wine pairing, marketing and wine business management.
Field trips to renowned wineries (UK and France*), breweries, and distilleries, as well as visits to trade tastings, make this one of the most innovative and professional wine courses in the UK.
The course can also be studied in non-consecutive terms.
2 intakes each year: Spring and Autumn
Duration: 6 months | 480 hours Price: £12,500 Diploma fees include: uniforms, learning materials, subscription to Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, personal licence course Hours per week: approximately 22 hours Entry requirements: high school diploma or equivalent, evidence of English language. All students must be aged 18 years or over. Highlights:
Over 500 wines tasted
Guest speakers from the industry
Access to various professional tastings
Field trips to wineries, brewery and distillery in France* and UK
Multiple networking opportunities
Optional field trip to France*
*At additional cost of £475 including a 3 day trip to France with shared accommodation, transport, meals and activities. Excursions to France are subject to the applicant meeting the appropriate visa requirements.
Drawing from the expertise of our Wine Development Manager and Le Cordon Bleu Lecturers, this Level 4 diploma combines essential wine theory with a hands-on and practical approach: advanced knowledge and skills in wine and gastronomy as well as a focus on management. It is composed of two terms of 3 months each.
Wine sensory analysis: grasp and assimilate the techniques to become competent in the art of wine tasting through the development of structured tasting notes and learn how to describe wine in a precise and concise fashion
Wine production: explains viticulture, winemaking, maturation and bottling, in the context of climate, geography and topography. You will visit British wineries in different seasons
Wine producing countries and regions: learn the specifics of each region and wine producing country, from the history, to the winemaking processes, with a focus on France, Italy and the fine sparkling wine regions of the world. Topics covered include an examination of the regional qualities of the wine, its terroir, climate and culture. The course will be supported by in-house tastings and professional fairs
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages: advanced knowledge on beverages that can be offered as an alternative to wine. Students will develop a structured method to assess all drinks with the same efficiency as applied to wine
Food and wine matching: drawing from the expertise of Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs, students will experience food and wine pairing with both theoretical and practical understanding. Includes educational lunches in restaurants
Hospitality and events: this unit focuses on wine service, covering different styles of service and highlighting the techniques required to optimise the flavour of a wine
Professional development: enhance learning, study and communication skills to facilitate the student integration into the wine and beverage trade
Field visits: during the term, students will visit different wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants in the UK, and participate in various trade tastings and wine events
Wine producing countries and regions: further explore exceptional wines from a number of different origins around the world
Beverage management: learn the technical and theoretical knowledge to effectively manage a wine and beverage department. This unit includes people management, procurement and cost control
Distribution and commercialisation: explores the journey between winery and consumer and how to identify the right approach to distribute a product. This module includes branding, pricing methods and consumer behaviour
Market research and business: this module is designed to equip student with the skills required to excel within a commercial environment. Students will learn how to use market research to turn a concept into a viable business venture, focusing on branding, consumer experience and marketing strategy
Professional development: this unit certifies students to Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holder awarded by Highfield Qualifications
Field visits: during the term, students will visit different wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants in the UK and France. They will also participate in various trade tastings and wine events.
Optional field visits: during the term, students can choose to add on a trip to France visiting wineries. The field trip is optional and at additional cost of £475 which includes a 3 day trip to France with shared accommodation, transport, meals and activities. Excursions to France are subject to the applicant meeting the appropriate visa requirements.
Graduates of our Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management will acquire a thorough understanding of the world of wines, spirits & beverages and the proficiency to become an accomplished wine and food professional. Students completing this unique programme will boast a skill set which will set them apart in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Examples of potential positions:
Wine merchant / retailer
Hospitality careers e.g. sommelier, food and beverages manager
Wine business entrepreneur
Wine journalist / broadcaster
This diploma course has been accredited as a “Customised Qualification” by national awarding organisation NCFE, and the course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 using Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level descriptors.
The Le Cordon Bleu London Internship Pathway can be added to the Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management. Following successful completion of the Diploma, students will be eligible to complete a 3 month Wine Professional Internship in the UK or overseas*.
The knowledge that I gained from the Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management definitely help me in my day-to-day role. The course gave me a solid foundation in the most important aspects of the wine industry and I build on what I was taught a little bit more every day.
Anna Schena - Assistant Wine & Spirit Buyer at Harvey Nichols
I think the course was definitely more intensive than I ever thought it would be, it’s an incredibly comprehensive course, and it’s fantastic that we even go into statistical analysis. It gives you so much, take in everything you can.
Madison Huang - Project Manager and Development at Cheval Blanc