Wine Academy


Bringing the World of Wine to the Lake District 

Grapevine is the Lake District’s first and only approved WSET provider that offers levels 1, 2 and 3, allowing the local hospitality trade to access the world of wine without leaving our beautiful region. Established by Master of Wine, Rebecca Gibb, who graduated top of her class in 2015, the Grapevine Wine Academy offers an unrivalled opportunity to receive first-class professional development locally.

Your staff will leave the course refreshed and more engaged with the products they are selling.


Level 1 Award in Wines 

This qualification has a minimum requirement of six hours of study time and will take place at Grapevine Wine Academy over the course of a day.

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Next Available Date:

19 June (LDHA members only)

Level 2 Award in Wines 

WSET's Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

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Next Available Dates:
4 x 4-hour sessions 9:30-13:30 Wednesdays. Starts Wednesday 13 March with exam taking place on morning of Thursday 18 April at 9:30am.

Level 3 Award in Wines 

An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts run over a three-month period.

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Next Available Dates: 

4 September 2024. Please register your interest by emailing



The Wine and Spirit Education Trust, or WSET, was founded in 1969, to meet a growing thirst for wine training.  It has grown from its London base and courses now run in more than 70 countries in 15 languages, through a network of 900+ course providers, The qualification is accredited by Ofqual, the UK’s official education regulator.



The WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.  From new-to-wine staff, requiring more confidence to those getting really serious about their wine, the WSET qualifications are a stepping stone to better informed staff, creating a better service for customers and higher wine sales.




The Grapevine Wine Academy’s home is in Embleton at the home of Caterite, CA13 9YA. In the future, we may run satellite courses across the county.



Thirsty For More?


Complete the online application from here, remembering to fill all the required fields including the course and date you wish to join. You will be also asked to tick an automated box on the form, stating you have read our policies.

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Course Testimonials

The Grapevine Wine Academy launched in April 2023, having become an approved programme provider for Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses. Since then, we’ve welcomed more than 40 students through our doors. Why don’t you join us?

“The course was excellent and enhanced my knowledge and
understanding of wine,” she says. “Rebecca is a great teacher
and made the course fun and interesting. I would recommend
it to anyone who wants to further their knowledge of wine.”

-Emily Speck, Shill’s of Cockermouth, and The Royal Yew

"Taking WSET at grapevine with Rebecca Gibb, was a truly great educational journey into all wines, the growing process in different countries and everything else I needed to know about wines. After taking the course, it gave me knowledge and confidence in my restaurant advising customers on wine and wine paring with food."

-Rebecca Cowin, Four and Twenty