Master Of Rioja ®

A thorough certification in one of the world's most famous wine regions... 

Rioja has a wine culture dating back to the Phoenicians and Celtic tribes.  Popular in the Middle Ages as a stop on The Way pilgrimage route, Rioja’s reputation was solidified in the 19th century. Known traditionally for extended oak aging with a specific aroma and flavor profile, Rioja today is quite a diverse wine region. The beauty of these wines, and the culture of the region is timeless and inspiring. 

Instructor:  Nina Sventitsky is a 'Certified Rioja Wine Educator', having gone through the inaugural program by the Consejo Regulador in Logroño, Rioja in 2016. 

This six-hour course covers the grapes, wine styles, terroir, market factors, business models, gastronomy and history.  The flavor and aroma profiles of Rioja as it ages and the modern and traditional wines will be covered in depth.  Learn what makes Rioja unique among the worlds’ most respected global wine regions. 

The course will be followed by an exam of one hour, given at a later date. 

Course curriculum:

  • History, Influences of the British and the French
  • Grape Varieties
  • Terroir Characteristics, including the sub-regions and seven tributary valleys of the Ebro River
  • Production
  • Aging, Oak regimens, Outcomes of oak
  • Wine Styles
  • Business Models - Bodegas, Coops, Consejo Regulador
  • Gastronomy and Culture
  • Vintages

Exam details:  30 multiple choice, 20 short answer, 1 essay question.  NO TASTING.


Price: $ 350.00 / $315 current NASA members

PROGRAM: 9:00am to 4:00pm (with 1 hour break)

The course is open to ALL with NO PRE-REQUISITES. We do strongly advise a basic wine knowledge and prior wine class experience.




WHEN: Saturday April 21st, 2018 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (one hour break for lunch).

WHERE: RITA HOUSE - 5971 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036


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WHEN: Monday JUNE 4th, 2018 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (one hour break for lunch).

WHERE: FLORIDA WINE ACADEMY - 1 SE 3rd Ave Suite #2240, Miami, FL 33131

EXAM: TBC by school