Explore California’s major wine regions.

The Introductory Level 1 includes six hours of wine course online starting with the key historical moments in the history of California wine, including the Mission era, the post-Gold Rush period, Prohibition, and the modern era. The course is online and can be accessed 7/7. The tasting session is optional but highly recommended.

Level 1 candidates learn:

  • how California’s geography, Pacific Ocean, and mountain ranges affect viticulture and wine styles.
  • the specific characteristics of viticulture as compared to other forms of agriculture. Identification and description of the main grape varieties grown in California.
  • the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, including the world-renowned AVAs of Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara County.
  • California’s iconic wineries, such as Ridge Vineyards, Frog’s Leap Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery.
  • about the key statistics for California wine in global production, consumption and export.
  • during the guided tasting sessions of 8 wines, corresponding with the AVAs and grape varieties from the course material.

How does it work?

  • The online course is in English. The tasting is in Dutch for Gent and Antwerp, English in Brussels.
  • After registration you will receive within 72 hours a special code to start your California Capstone adventure.
  • You will then receive an invitation to sign up for the tasting sessions.
  • Only those who have registered for the Capstone online classes can participate in the tasting sessions.

Your investment for level 1

€ 75 – all included (normal price US $175)

You can register HERE

Do you have already a basic knowledge about Californian wines?
You can start at Capstone California Level 2