The Wine Academy Ltd


About The Wine Academy


The beginning of the win making processThe Wine Academy is not just a wine school, we don't just teach, we provide a vocational experience for the wines and spirits industry in the Yorkshire area and are accredited to teach Wine and Spirit Education Trust Courses.


All of our tutors are chosen for their enthusiasm and subject knowledge and are Wine and Spirit Education Trust Recommended Tutors. We do not sell wine and so are completely impartial in our wine recommendations. Our courses are held at our purpose built premises in central Harrogate . We are five minutes walk from the train station and parking is available nearby.



Karen Hardwick


Karen HardwickWith over 20 years drinks trade experience, most of it in the wine trade, Karen is the person restaurants, hotels and retailers turn to to train their staff.


Due to demand she now hosts more informal and extremely popular food and wine events every month in York at Melton’s Too.


Karen has been a tutor for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust for 11 years, and is a member of the Wines and Spirits Education Trust development committee, holding the prestigious WSET Diploma and now teaches to Advanced level both at home and abroad.


With a relaxed and approachable style Karen’s aim is quite simply to ditch the jargon, demystify wine and give consumers the confidence to try different wine styles.

Karen has also achieved Finalist status for the Riedel Wine Educator of the Year Award 2008. 




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