Wine 201


Enhance your wine knowledge and take your skills to the next level with Wine Folly's most comprehensive course. Build a solid foundation for mastery at an advanced level, with the world's best wine educators.

Unlimited access to videos with world-class instructors, paired with micro-learning chapters, and progress checks all taken at your own pace. Engaging visuals and mini-missions cement your knowledge.

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, Wine 201 is for you.


Never taken a course with Wine Folly? No problem! While some prior wine experience would be helpful, it is also not required. You also don’t need to purchase wines in order to maximize your learning and enjoyment.

Perfect for…

  • Passionate connoisseurs or those starting in the wine industry looking to find their feet
  • Professional development
  • Building your resumé
  • Becoming a wine professional


A Mountain of Knowledge

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.

how it works

What is Wine 201 all About?

what you'll learn

Join us on a Journey

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

Get Certified

Get Certified

Show the world proof of your knowledge with a digitally signed certificate. A great resumé builder for hospitality, sales, and much more.
What is Wine?

What is Wine?

To climb high, we must start at the base! This section explores wine's basic traits, types, and how we interact with it.
Serving and Storing

Serving and Storing

Being great at wine is being confident handling it. Let's take cues from the pros on opening, decanting, and storing wine.
Tasting Wine

Tasting Wine

Learn to taste with one of the world's best, Bollinger Medal Winner, and Master of Wine, Christine Marsiglio.
Grape Growing

Grape Growing

Learn how climate and location (terroir) impact wine flavors. Then, tune what you're looking for with these big-picture concepts.


Lets learn about winemaking to understand how it affects aroma and flavor in wine.
Grapes and Wines

Grapes and Wines

Before diving into the rare varieties, let's get to know the most influential wines in the world.
Wine Regions

Wine Regions

You're ready. With all the preparation complete, it's time to walk confidently through the top wine countries of the world.

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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