Wine Tasting Sussex - Welcome to Sussex Wine School

A very warm welcome to Sussex Wine School - an independent wine education company. We run wine tastings and wine courses in Brighton (at Hotel du Vin) and in Tunbridge Wells (at Hotel du Vin) for people who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it. No previous wine tasting experience is necessary. 

  • Improve your confidence selecting wine
  • Unravel the mysteries of wine lists and labels
  • Taste wine and learn about it in a relaxed setting
  • Learn how to pair wine with food


Read our latest Trip Advisor reviews for wine tastings in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells  


Forthcoming WSET Courses

Chris Powell, the founder of our network, the Local Wine School, took home the silverware for the much coveted Riedel WSET Educator of the Year 2015 award. The judges were unanimous in selecting Chris Powell, head of our Local Wine School network, as the winner. We are extremely proud to be a part of the network, contributing a significant number of WSET candidates to the network's 40% annual growth. 

Sussex Wine School offers a broad number of WSET courses from the Level 1 to Level 3 award.  In 2015 we guided dozens of students through WSET courses with some of the highest pass rates in the country. We have had a Top 30 Level 3 student in the UK out of 3,000 passes in each of the last three years.

Sussex Wine School is an accredited provider of  Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 (Foundation)Level 2 (Intermediate) & Level 3 (Advanced) courses.  

Here are the course dates coming up:

Level 1 Award - Brighton - Sunday 6th March 2016

Level 1 Award - Tunbridge Wells - Friday 11th March 2016

Level 2 Award - over 3 Fridays - Tunbridge Wells - Starting 22nd April 2016 £345

Level 2 Award - over 3 Wednesdays - Brighton - Starting 27th April 2016 £345

Level 2 Award - over 3 Wednesdays - Brighton - Starting 13th July 2016 £345


Level 3 Award - over 6 Wednesdays - Brighton - Starting 18th May 2016 £625

Level 3 Award - over 6 Wednesdays - Brighton - Starting 7th Sept 2016 £625

Sussex Wine School Tastings and Courses

Our wine courses suit all levels of wine knowledge and experience, and we offer a range of courses for everyone to enjoy:


  • Introduction to Wine Tasting single evening course for just £22.50 
    (Brighton or Tunbridge Wells

  • Saturday Introduction to Wine Course including a 2 course lunch at Hotel du Vin £85 
    or Tunbridge Wells)

  • 8 Week World of Wine Course over eight Thursdays (Brighton) or Thursdays (Tunbridge Wells) for £95 plus £10 per night.
  • 4 Week Courses cover a country or region (France v New World, Discover Italy, Discover Spain & Portugal, Tour of Europe) for £55 plus £10 per night.
  • Single Evening tastings from £25 (Brighton or Tunbridge Wells). Themes include countries, grape varieties, old world v new world and more.
  • Our specialist Fine Wine tastings give you the chance to try premium wines over £20 from the world's best wine regions.
  • Our Food & Wine evenings are a great way to experience food and wine matching.

No previous wine knowledge is required to enjoy any of these courses.

We also run wine events for companies, charities and private groups
Find out more here.

Our national network of friendly Wine Schools offer wine courses & tastings at other locations across the UK - click here to learn more...

Gift Voucher

Buying a present for a wine lover?

All of our wine tastings and courses are available as Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers can be sent to you or to the recipient with a personal message inside.


Here are some ideas ...

£22.50 Introduction to wine evening

£25 Single Evening Tasting

£30 Champagne and sparkling wine tasting

£30 Wine and Chocolate pairing

£35 Food and wine event (eg Spanish Wines and Tapas)

£45 Fine Wine Tasting

£55 4 Week course

£85 Saturday Course inc lunch at Hotel du Vin

£95 8 Week World of Wine course


Venue and Times

Sussex Wine School runs wine tastings and wine courses in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells
Evening tastings, courses and food evenings run from 7pm-9pm.
Saturday courses run from 11am-4pm.

BRIGHTON - Hotel du Vin Brighton at 2 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD is in central Brighton and within easy reach of public transport, the train station and local car parks. 
Our tastings and courses are run in a private room on the ground floor.

Hotel du Vin Brighton is situated in the Lanes conservation area, a pebbles' throw from the seafront. Its 49 bedrooms are housed in a collection of eccentric gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings erected, appropriately by a wine merchant on the site of an old inn.  

For table bookings in the award winning bistro after your tasting or at any other time please call 0844 7364251 or book online.

 For a Google map please click here











TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells at Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LY is in central Tunbridge Wells and within easy reach of public transport, the train station and local car parks. Our tastings and courses are run in a private room on the ground floor.

Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells is set in one of the town's architectural landmarks, a Grade II-listed sandstone mansion built as a private residence in 1762. We have retained its authentic detail carefully, adding our unique touch to the 34 bedrooms with antiques and memorabilia. Guests can enjoy a game of boules, dining on the garden terrace with its wonderful views across Calverley Park, or a wander through the hotel's very own vineyard. 

For table bookings in the award winning bistro after your tasting or at any other time please call 0844 7489 9266 or book online.

For a Google map please click here









TUNBRIDGE WELLS -  The Black Pig at 18 Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RZ in central Tunbridge Well is just a short stroll from The Pantiles, railway station and the High Street. Parking is available either in the venue's own car park behind the pub or in the car park across the road and in other streets nearby. Our courses are run in The Cowshed, a private room upstairs.

The Black Pig has been a firm Tunbridge Wells favourite since it opened in 2007 and specialises in relaxed dining with really great food with an emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. 

For table bookings after your tasting or at any other time please call 01892 523030 or book online.

For a Google map please click here



Need Help?

Don't know which course to select? 
Please call Jonny Gibson on 01435 884271 and he will be delighted to guide you through all our courses and help you make the right selection.

Or send us a note via the Contact Us page, with your query. We will be happy to help.


Our wine courses and wine tasting in Sussex and Kent are suitable for everyone. They make a unique wine gift and wine present. We run many wine courses from one evening wine tastings to 8 week wine courses.


Other Wine Schools

We are proud to be part of the Local Wine School network - the only UK-wide network of independent wine schools. All our centres offer fun wine tastings and courses to suit everyone from absolute beginner to the serious enthusiast.


All our tastings can also be purchased as great gifts that can be redeemed at any of our wine schools across the UK. All our Gift Vouchers have FREE DELIVERY & NO EXPIRY DATE. Check out our National website for further details -



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