The WHC Professional Wine Institute

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Walnut Hill College’s Professional Wine Institute course prepares students to attain the prestigious Certified Specialist of Wine (C.S.W.) credential. The course encompasses an advanced “Grapes to Glass” level of knowledge expected of the wine professional, as well as all aspects of wine knowledge and beverage service. This 20-class series, consisting of presentations, videos, component tastings, and special seminars, will cover all of the material required to pass the Society of Wine Educators' Certified Specialist of Wine certification exam successfully.

Dates: Sundays, starting September 16, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tuition: $1,095.00 per person
**Payment plans are available. Contact our office for more details.

Tuition Price Includes:

  • 20-Class Sessions
  • All Required Textbooks
  • Certification Exam Costs
  • All Wine and Spirit Tastings
  • Access to Online Wine Academy
  • Professional Practicum and Instruction from Leading Sommeliers, Wine and Spirit Distributors and Wine Representatives

2018-2019 Weekly Schedule

9/16 -  Wine Composition & Chemistry

9/23 -  Wine Faults

10/7 -  White Grape Varietals 

10/14 - Red Grape Varietals I

10/28 - Red Grape Varietals II

11/04 - Viticulture

11/18 - Fermentation & Stills

12/02 - Sparkling & Fortified

12/09 - World Wine Industry

12/16 - Wines of France I

----- Winter Break -----

01/06 - Wines of France II

01/13 - Wines of Italy I

01/27 - Wines of Italy II

02/03 - Wines of Spain

02/17 - Wines of Portugal

02/24 - Wines of Germany & Central Europe

03/10 - Wines of North America

03/17 - Wines of Southern Hemisphere

03/31 - Alcohol & Health

04/07 - Exam Review

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What do I bring to class?
Nothing! Just bring yourself and the enthusiasm to learn something new! The College will provide all of the necessary tools for students to use while they're in class.

This course is held in the Wine Lab on the second floor of the historical Allison Mansion at 4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Guests are welcome to use our FREE gated parking lot directly off of Walnut Street between 42nd and 43rd Streets. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Please enter the main entrance to be directed to your course by a College representative.