WINE FACTS: White Zinfandel

What is White Zinfandel? And why some rose lovers don’t like this wine? Zinfandel is a black grape variety widely cultivated in California, USA. It arrived in the Americas from Europe in the early years of the 19th Century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma counties. In the USA Zinfandel has […]

WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia is Argentina’s wine region well-known for producing elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Malbec. Vineyards are located between 300 and 500 meters above sea level in the higher lands. The dry classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing season in the region, slowing ripening in the grapes and […]

WINE STUDENT: The more I learn, the better!

Salvatore, an Eleanor Wine Academy student, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines. “I’m Salvatore and I come from Sicily and I love wine. I have been working in restaurants and hotels for many years; both in Catania and for the last 5 years in Amsterdam. And currently I’m working as a manager at FIKO Pizza bar and […]


The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) provides high-quality education in wines and spirits to more than 100,000 people every year around the globe making it the biggest and most respected wine education and certification organization in the world. Established in London in 1969 and currently offering its prestigious wine courses in over 70 countries […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Torrontes, Argentina

Torrontes is a white grape variety grown almost exclusively in Argentina, where it is used to create fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity and a very smooth texture. In terms of drinkability, Torrontes wines are most similar to those made from Muscat grapes. There are three types of Torrontés: a highly aromatic Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés […]


What to do when you are at home for several weeks? 🤔 Make the best of it! Join the online courses provided by Eleanor Wine Academy and develop your wine knowledge 📚🍷. We offer the WSET Level 1 and Level 2 Online Award in Wines in English 👨‍🎓👩‍🎓. New dates posted on Registrations are […]

WINE STUDENT: On the way to becoming a qualified sommelier

Lidya, an Eleanor Wine Academy student, WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. “I have been working in hospitality for a few years now, in hotels, restaurants and cafes in Bali, Dubai and Amsterdam. Currently, I work as a Bartender in Hotel Estherea in Amsterdam. So far I am happy with my job and with what […]

WINE LEGEND: Vin de Constance

Vin de Constance is a piece of living history. The naturally sweet wine is made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, and produced in Constantia Valley, the oldest wine region in the southern hemisphere. This legendary wine was a favorite of the courts of Europe in the 19th century, and is mentioned in the literature […]


At our academy we meet so many great interesting people who inspire us to share some of their stories. Today, we will start with a story of Leendert, a WSET Level Award in Wines student of Eleanor Wine Academy. “ My wife and I have fallen in love with Portugal and started exploring an opportunity […]


Zweigelt is the most planted black grape variety in Austria. The crossing of St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch was created in 1922 by professor Fritz Zweigelt. From St. Laurent it gets its bright, cherry aromas and the ability to create silky, elegant wines. From Blaufrankisch it has taken a certain spiciness and good acidity. As both […]