Frank Smulders and Jeni Wilson in Gómez Cruzado
Frank Smulders and Jeni Wilson in Gómez Cruzado


WSET and Vintage Class


Gómez Cruzado is the setting for the most prestigious wine education in the world: the courses of the WINE & SPIRIT EDUCATION TRUST (WSET), whose approval is an essential requirement to advance on the path to the prestigious Master of Wine title. VINTAGE CLASS - official WSET supplier in Spain - teaches the different levels in Spanish and English in the warehouse of the Haro Station Quarter throughout the year. The key factors in production, both in viticulture and in processing; the main varieties and regions of the world; the principles of pairing or tasting technique are part of the contents offered by the WSET for professionals and enthusiasts to seek knowledge to assess the style and quality that enhance a wine.


Source: Information obtained from the WSET official website

2019 Schedule

2 Spanish · Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March.
· Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May.
Jeni Wilson
3 Spanish · Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23rd January. Diego Bonnel
2 English · Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February.
· Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May.
Jeni Wilson
3 English · Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th June. Frank Smulders

Level 2

A beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.

For individuals seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. A basic overview of the key categories of spirits and liqueurs will also be provided.

What you'll learn:
• How wine is made
• What factors influence wine style
• The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics
• The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown
• The production of sparkling, sweet, and fortified wines
• Label terminology
• Food and wine pairing principles
• The principal categories of spirits and liqueurs, and how they are made • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)


Level 3

An advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.

For individuals seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines, this qualification provides a detailed understanding of grape growing and wine making. Upon completion you will be able to assess wines accurately, and use your understanding to confidently explain wine style and quality.

What you’ll learn:
Unit 1
• The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
• How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal:
- still wines of the world
- sparkling wines of the world
- fortified wines of the world
• How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality

Unidad 2
• How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)



Jeni Wilson

Jeni Wilson heads the English center Vintage Class, located in Aranda de Duero, specialized in the world of wine. A native of Australia and Scotland, she has more than 20 years of teaching experience in Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Cambridge (UK) and Spain.

Frank Smulders MW

The Master of Wine Frank Smulder, boasts 30 years of experience in the international wine business and has represented wineries on the international market as well. Smulders also works as a consultant and is a WSET instructor for several different levels in various European countries. He has managed the five-star wine cellar Hotel Residenz Palais Coburg in Vienna, which received the honor of 'World’s Best Wine List' in 2014 from the magazine 'The World of Fine Wines'.

Diego Bonnel

Has earned the WSET Diploma and is currently preparing to become a Master of Wine. He is a founder and the general manager of Vinexplora, a strategy consulting firm in the wine sector offering support for commercial and operational activities, and marketing and brand management as well. Bonnel boasts a wealth of experience working with importers and distributors to build wine portfolios. He has been an instructor at the IE Business School, EAE Business School and the ISEAD Online Business School, as well as at various regional Chambers of Commerce.

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