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 online exam of one hour, given at a later date convenient to the student. 

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

(includes 'The Wine Region of Rioja', by Ana Fabiano hardcover book, region maps, and gastronomy pairing exercise)

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: POSTPONED ! (contact us for details:

WHERE: PRESS CLUB, 20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

EXAM: December 9th, 10:00am (1.5 hours) 



WHEN: Wed Nov 15th, 2017 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (one hour break)

WHERE: SommCon - Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel, San Diego

EXAM: Online by individual booking

COST: This course date is given in conjunction with SommCon USA; registrants for SommCon receive a special course cost of $289; non-SommCon registrants are welcome to attend for the full course price of $350. Please select your qualifying cost from the dropdown.