Wine 101


Whether you're just getting started with wine or work in the industry, this course contains many useful resources that will round out your wine knowledge. 

For those looking for professional development, take the certificate challenge, multiple choice exam that you’ll have an hour to complete.

Who's it for?

Whether you’re someone who had a wine that changed their life and want to learn more, a passionate connoisseur or starting in the wine industry and looking to find your feet, this course is for you.


This is an entry level course. Start here. You don’t need to purchase wines in order to maximize your learning and enjoyment.

Perfect for…

  • Beginners and intermediate wine drinkers looking for a solid foundation to build upon
  • Professionals who want to impress with their knowledge of wine
  • Hospitality workers looking to increase their tips and overall professional experience
  • Individuals and small groups who love food, wine, and culture


The Beginners Guide to Wine

Ready to take the next step in your wine learning journey, but feel intimidated by traditional wine courses?

Wine Folly will take you on a journey, from the basics of wine all the way to advanced topics.

what you'll learn

Join us on a Journey

Experience eight modules, each with a different theme, to level up your wine knowledge.

What Really is Wine?

What Really is Wine?

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented grapes. Of course, you can ferment any fruit to make wine.
The 9 Styles of Wine

The 9 Styles of Wine

With so many options out there, how do you hone in on your favorites? Well, as diverse as wine is, most wines can be categorized into 9 styles.
Top 10 Types of Wines

Top 10 Types of Wines

The grapes included here are the most planted varieties. They represent a large portion of what’s available in the market.
How to Taste Wine

How to Taste Wine

The single most important step towards improving your palate. Active tasting is a learned skill.
Wine Serving & Storing Tips

Wine Serving & Storing Tips

Different types of wines are served and stored differently. Sparkling, Rose, White, Fortified and more.
Food and Wine Pairing Basics

Food and Wine Pairing Basics

The goal with a great pairing is to create harmony between food and wine. Start thinking of wine more like an ingredient.
Wine Regions of the World

Wine Regions of the World

Wine is made in 90+ countries around the world. What Countries make what? Leverage Wine Folly Region Guides for long term learning.
Going Deeper: Soil Types & Wine

Going Deeper: Soil Types & Wine

Soil provides a clue towards the quality of a wine produced. Climate takes into account the weather patterns and atmospheric conditions that can help wine grapes.


Activate Your Wine Career

Wine Folly Certifications are an excellent way to prove your knowledge and gain access to jobs in the wine trade.

Wine Folly is globally recognized as a premiere wine education platform and has won many awards.

Complete your exams and earn your certification in real time. No need to wait weeks or months!

the team

Your Wine Experts

Award winning instructors.

Madeline Puckette
Wine Folly Founder

Madeline Puckette

Madeline Puckette is the cofounder of Since its creation in 2011, Wine Folly has become one of the most popular wine education sites in the world due to its extensive use of insightful articles, detailed infographics, and entertaining videos.In recognition of these efforts, the International Wine & Spirits Competition awarded Puckette with Wine Blogger of the Year in 2013, and Wine Communicator of the Year in 2019.
Christine Marsiglio MW
Master of Wine

Christine Marsiglio MW

Wine Folly's Director of Education, Christine Marsiglio, is one of only 32 Bollinger award-winning Masters of Wine. Before joining Wine Folly, she has worked at the WSET School London where she contributed to the development of materials for the WSET Diploma and taught all WSET levels.Before discovering her love of wine education, Christine was a Tastings Executive at Decanter where she ran panel tastings and helped organize the Decanter World Wine Awards.

frequently asked questions

What to Know More?

No. The videos are pre-recorded so that you can watch at your own pace and timezone.

Wines are not required for this course, but if you want you’ll learn the skills to source your own delicious wines should you wish.

We recommend at least 7 hours of learning, which is best split over a week, but you can go at your own pace and finish earlier or take more time should you wish.

We recommend at least 7 hours of learning, which is best split over a week, but you can go at your own pace and finish earlier or take more time should you wish.No. An active beginner can take this course and quickly get up to speed on both wine basics and the more intricate details.

No. We’ll teach you tools that will allow you to go out and taste, buy, and enjoy wines in a more confident way.

Upon purchase you will be invited to join our courses learning platform to start the course whenever you wish. You can access the course at any time and from any device. Start and stop whenever you desire. Take your time or zoom through it.

100% satisfaction guarantee, within 30 days of purchase.

All the content of the exam is included in the course. If you were to compare this course to others on the market, it's more intensive than a typical WSET level 2 exam but not as intense or jam packed as a level 3. The exam includes lots of details about grapes, wine production, regions, and practical information. This will give you the confidence to buy and enjoy wines from all over the world for yourself or friends, at any budget.

Yes! Upon completion (you have to score 80% or higher) of the certificate challenge you will get a unique, encoded digital certificate that you can also share on LinkedIn.

A Sommelier is actually a job that can't really be conferred by a course. You have to work on a restaurant floor to actually become/be a sommelier. BUT our course will definitely give you the tools and understanding you need to become a competent sommelier. So, if you were to take our course and work in the wine side of the restaurant business then you would definitely be a sommelier. An example is our Master of Wine, Christine Marsiglio. She is not a sommelier as she’s never worked on a restaurant floor and so wouldn’t legitimately call herself a sommelier. However, she is a wine expert, and has the knowledge, but less so the practical skills required to be a sommelier. There's always a practical component involved in being a sommelier, which is normally conferred through working in a restaurant.

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