Experience the tools to better appreciate a fine wine

Foundation Course


Vintage Conservatory Yorkville
87 Avenue Road, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario


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Our Foundation Course is an approachable introduction to the nuances and different styles of wine.

Over the course of 5 evenings, you will examine and explore what defines the taste profile and unique characteristics to better appreciate a fine wine, learning about the origin, geography and climate, viticultural practices and the art of winemaking.

Start Date: TBD

Session One: Introduction To Tasting

In this session, the groundwork is laid for the rest of the program. The introduction to tasting focuses on the appearance of the wine, olfactory qualities, and description of the palate. You will learn the ability to make an informed evaluation of these three main areas and will be equipped, with the skills to competently taste each and every wine from here forward.

Session Two: Viticulture

From the early stages of the vine’s lifecycle to vine pruning, training and cultivation. This session outlines the growth cycle of the vine and the associated viticultural practices.

Session Three: Vinification, Sparkling And White Wines

Here, we move from the vineyard into the winery. After an overview of common winemaking practices and terminology, we uncover different white wine styles ranging from sparkling to barrel aged.

Session Four: Vinification, Rosé, Red And Sweet Wines

As a delicious follow-up to the previous module, we continue our exploration of viticulture through different classic examples of rose, reds and sweets wines.

Session Five: Wine Vintages, Storage & Bottling

Here, we examine the effects of climate on wine and individual vintage variation. Wondering how to properly store your wine? We have you covered. Learn the ideal storage conditions for different bottle shapes and sizes.