Lisa, an Eleanor Wine Academy student, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines “My name is Lisa and I am passionate about learning more about different wines. I lived in Madrid, Spain for almost four years and in that time, I became interested in different wine regions there, and especially La Rioja. When I lived in […]


Carbonation, the cheapest method of sparkling wine production, is widely used around the world. In this method CO2 is injected into a still wine. It is mostly used to produce fruity sparkling wines from grapes with strong varietal flavours, such as Sauvignon Blanc. Willing to learn more about sparkling wine production? Sign up for our […]


Ranjeeta, an Eleanor Wine Academy student, WSET Level 3 Award in Wines “My first encounter with wine was 10 years ago on a trip to Chianti, Italy while staying on a popular wine estate. With almost no prior experience in wine, it came as a surprise when people complemented me having a good ‘nose’ during […]

WINE FACT: Sparkling wine production

There are 5 main methods to produce a sparkling wine, each resulting in a different carbonation level. The vast majority of sparkling wines in the world are produced using two methods – Traditional Method (used for Champagne) and Tank Method (used for Prosecco). Take a look at Tank Method. This sparkling wine production technique came […]

WINE NEWS: Let’s get back to class!

We are glad to announce the restart of WSET Level 1 and 2 courses Awards in Wine courses in class from September 2020. We will start the courses at Eleanor Wine Academy located by the Amstel canal in the city center of Amsterdam on:– 03 September, WSET L1 Awards in Wine– 15 September, WSET L2 […]

WINE NEWS: Inside Bordeaux by Jane Anson

We are pleased to have organised the official launch of Jane Anson’s last book “Inside Bordeaux”in the Netherlands yesterday. It was a very enjoyable webinar with scientific insights about the Bordeaux region and its future, hosted by Jane Anson, Kees van Leeuwen and Vittoria Mariani. Working on the book, Jane used her extensive knowledge of […]

WINE STUDENT: Life is too short to drink bad wines

Oliver, an Eleanor Wine Academy student, WSET Level 3 Award in Wines             “This is Oliver, I am originally from China. I lived in different Asia countries for several years before coming to the Netherlands. I finished my hotel management bachelor course here just a few years ago. Currently, I am working at […]


Last call for the WSET Level 1 Awards in Wines Virtual Course on Zoom. Starting date is 18 June 2020. The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines courses are suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. You will explore wines through its multiple aspects as wine making processes, grape […]


What are wine tannins? And how do they affect our perception of wine? Tannins are naturally occurring compounds that exist inside grape skins, seeds and stems. They are derived from the grapes used to produce the wine and add both bitterness and astringency, as well as complexity to the wine. They are most commonly found […]


Arinto is a white grape variety planted primarily in the wine regions surrounding Lisbon, Portugal. It produces vibrant wines with lively, refreshing acidity and gentle flavours of apple, lime and lemon. Traditionally, Arinto-based wines have a slight sparkling sensation that enhances their freshness. They can age well for over 7 or more years developing flavours […]