Experience the tools to better appreciate a fine wine

Foundation Course

Enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the world’s finest wines with the

Académie du Vin


The Académie du Vin Wine Appreciation Course was the brainchild of our Founder, Steven Spurrier, who firmly believed that the only way to learn about fine wines was to sample as many of them as possible – in the company of experts who could explain the fine shades of difference between them and why they came to be so.

Steven ran his first Course in Paris in 1973. Now, in partnership with the Vintage Conservatory, the Académie du Vin is delighted to be reviving the concept, fully repackaged and updated for the 21st century by our teams of experts in Toronto and at the Académie du Vin Library in the UK.


Vintage Conservatory Yorkville
87 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 3R9

A series of four expertly guided tastings

You will receive the full digital ePUB of the course on a USB stick on the first night of the program. Instructions on how to install the course on various e-readers both Apple and Windows-based will also be on the thumb drive.


What’s included in the Foundation Course?

  • Four 2.5 hour tasting afternoons, to be held at the Vintage Conservatory Lombard, each featuring 8 truly top-class wines with individual cheeses and charcuterie.
  • Expert guidance with slideshows and video presentations courtesy of our Course Director, supported in wine selection by celebrated sommelier Sam Fritz-Tate.
  • An exclusive set of digital Course Notes for your mobile devices summarizing the material taught during the five evenings.
  • A signed certificate for those who complete the course.

When you say ‘top class’ wines, what exactly do you mean? Well, here’s a selection from the last Foundation Course to give you an idea:

  • Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er cru La Forest 2012
  • Clos Rougeard Le Poyeaux 2009
  • Château Malescot St-Exupery 2005
  • Vice Versa Beckstoffer George III Nap Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
  • Château Rayas Cotes du Rhone Château de Fonsalette Reserve 2011
  • Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2016
  • Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 2010

Are there tests or exams?

Absolutely not! The Académie du Vin Wine Course is first and foremost about enjoying yourself in convivial surroundings – do that, and you’ll be amazed at what you learn along the way.