"At Sussex Wine School we teach people about wine by concentrating on the flavours and aromas of the wines. We focus on the taste profile of each wine explaining the characteristics of the grape variety, the climate, and the winemaking, and show you with maps and photos where they came from and how they are made. We explain why they taste like they do and ask and listen to what you think about the wines. It's all about trial and error through tasting. Fundamentally we love wine and want to share this with everyone!"
Jonny Gibson - Owner & Head Tutor
Jonny has been working within the wine and spirits industry for over 30 years. It has been an interesting journey from early days in the marketing department at Diageo running Smirnoff and Croft Port through to brand and design projects for Jameson, Chivas Regal and Louis Roederer to buying and importing wine. His enthusiasm and fascination for wine has increased the more he has travelled to different wine regions.
Jonny holds the WSET Diploma, has passed the French Wine Scholar, the Italian Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar qualifications all with highest honours and is a WSET Wine Educator qualified to teach up to WSET Level 3. Over the past 10 years he has run hundreds of wine tastings, classes and courses for teh public and private and corporate clients ranging from a small groups to 160 people. He has worked as a judge at the Drinks Business Global Masters competitions, run wine workshops at the Tesco Wine Fair and has worked as a brand ambassador for both Moet et Chandon champagne and Ruinart champagne. He set up Sussex Wine School in early 2012.
Lisanna Tammsalu - Lead Tutor
Lisanna runs some of our eight week courses and Saturday wine courses. She has passed the WSET Wine Educator course, WSET Level 3 in Wines course and is a French Wine Scholar. She is qualified to teach both WSET Level 1 and Level 2 courses and achieves excellent pass rates. Lisanna is passionate about all things to do with wine and food and has worked at Riddle & Finns and Ten Green Bottles in Brighton and now works for the wine distributor Graft Wines.
Alicia Sandeman - Tutor
Alicia is studying for her WSET Diploma and holds the WSET Level 3 in Wines qualification. She is a qualified sommelier with the Guild of International Sommeliers, has worked for Les Dauphines as a representative and on their events. Alicia has run wine tours and tastings for several English Wine Producers including Bolney, Bluebell and Wiston Estate and recently worked at a game lodge in South Africa running their wine tastings and events.
Roz Cloke - Tutor
Roz has passed her WSET Level 3 in Wines and holds the French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar qualifications. She also runs events for Slake Gin.
Our friend and tutor Flemmich Webb sadly passed away in October 2020. Flemmich got the wine bug in a big way and joined us as a tutor after passing his WSET Level 3 in Wines in 2016. He was a natural communicator and we never received anything but praise and great feedback about his classes. Flemmich was passionate about Riesling and kayaking and will be very much missed by everyone at Sussex Wine School.
The wine school family runs courses in the following locations - Kent, Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Preston, Nottingham, Shropshire, Mersey, Milton Keynes, St Albans, Reading, Norwich, East London, West London, North London, South London, Guildford, Dorking, Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester. We will be adding other locations in the near future.
Please feel free to contact us for any help or guidance.
Sussex Wine School
WINE TASTING FOR EVERYONE