The South West Wine School quenches the region’s thirst for wine knowledge
For anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of wine, the South West Wine School ticks every box. For centuries, the region has been a major importer of wines from France, Italy and beyond. Its flourishing hospitality scene attracts sophisticated clientele from all over the world, with wine lists to match. Even more importantly, the local map is now pinned with vineyards, which include Sharpham (Devon), Lyme Bay Winery (Devon), Langham Wine Estate (Dorset), Knightor Winery (Cornwall) and, most recently, Kenton Park Estate (Devon), to mention just a few. These not only fly the flag for English wine, but also scoop top international awards. It’s the perfect backdrop for setting up this contemporary school, where traditional wine appreciation skills meet modern winemaking.
Founded by Jonathan and Hayley Reynolds, South West Wine School is supported by some of the biggest wine names in the region, including Susy Atkins, Liam Steevenson MW and Rebecca Mitchell DipWSET.
Jonathan says: “South West Wine School will offer an exciting range of events and courses, whether you’d like to learn about wine one-to-one, as part of a group, to gain a professional WSET qualification, or as an innovative corporate activity.”
The timing of the launch could not be better. Hayley, who also has her WSET Diploma, adds: “We are living through what has been described as the ‘West Country Renaissance’, as entrepreneurs, start-ups and tech companies flock to Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, attracted by the space, accessibility and enviable lifestyle on offer. Food and drink have always been an important draw to the region, but now producers and restaurateurs find themselves at the heart of what’s happening.”
WSET level 1, 2 and 3 courses will be held at Kenton Park Estate and other locations across the South West with leading educators. In addition, there will be a First of the Summer Wine evening at the Deer Park Country House near Honiton on Thursday 13 June, from 7pm.
A series of short, fun and informal tastings with local wine experts and winemakers will also take place regularly throughout the region.
This exciting new arrival on the South West’s vibrant food and drink scene is a wine school that’s determined to make learning about the subject fun and enjoyable, for enthusiasts of all levels.