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in wine and beverage education


Your Crash Course In Wine

Sonal Holland Wine Academy launches its ONLINE COURSES 

for hospitality professionals, students and enthusiasts

The 60 Minute Wine Pro is a beginners and intermediate level online course intended for hospitality professionals, students and enthusiasts who desire to deepen their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of wine.

The course is designed and delivered by Sonal Holland, India’s only Master of Wine and the most qualified wine professional in the country.

The online course offers participants the flexibility to learn about wine at their own convenience and pace.

You will gain knowledge about

  • What is wine, how wine is made and where wine comes from
  • Principle grape varieties and the different styles of wine
  • How to taste wine like a sommelier and pair it with food
  • Serving wine with confidence
  • Reading wine labels correctly
  • Popular wine myths
  • India’s fascinating wine industry and its top producers

Course features

  • Welcome address
  • 10 modules taught by Sonal Holland, Master of Wine
  • Audio-visual cues
  • Pro-tips on important aspects of wine
  • Online evaluation test
  • Certification of Completion from Sonal Holland Wine Academy

Contents of the course

  • Welcome by Sonal Holland, Master of Wine
  • Module 1: What makes wine great? Assessing quality in wine
  • Module 2: What is wine? Wine styles and where wine comes from
  • Module 3: How wine is made: Journey from grape to glass
  • Module 4: Tasting wine like a pro
  • Module 5: Important grape varieties and must - know wines
  • Module 6: Reading a wine label
  • Module 7: Storage and service of wine
  • Module 8: Pairing wine and food
  • Module 9: Wines of India
  • Module 10: 10 popular wine myths
  • Evaluation test (20 multiple choice questions)

Course benefits

  • Flexibility & convenience of time and space
  • Gold-standard certification
  • Access to expertise & world-class curriculum
  • Reduced costs
  • Credibility & career advancement opportunities
  • Relevant and industry-focused

Course delivery

  • Total Duration: 90 minutes incl. the evaluation test
  • Available in the English language
  • 30 days access to course content and test
  • Certification of completion from the academy
  • Suitable for anyone above the legal drinking age
  • Course Fee: Rs.2200 all inclusive

About Sonal Holland Wine Academy

Sonal Holland Wine Academy if the foremost institution in India providing world-class education of wines and beverages. The Academy, established in 2009 by India’s only Master of Wine, Sonal Holland, sets the gold standard in the education of wine, spirits and sake.

The courses are designed for professionals in various stages of their hospitality careers, hotel management students, as well as for entrepreneurs and enthusiasts.

The Academy provides a comprehensive suite of classroom qualifications and online courses that enables our participants to advance the knowledge, enjoyment and business of wine and beverages in India and around the world.

Sonal Holland Wine Academy is uncompromising in delivery of global expertise and remains committed to the expansion of India’s burgeoning wine and beverage culture.

Sonal Holland, Master of Wine

Founder Director’s message

“We are thrilled to launch the online courses at Sonal Holland Wine Academy. We remain committed to the cause of developing a new cadre of beverage professionals in the country by making world-class education on wine, sake and spirits easily accessible and affordable across all cities in India.

We invite wine enthusiasts, through our courses, to navigate the riveting world of wine and discover a whole new world of elevated taste.”  


Our clients value us!

Dietmar Kielnhofer

General Manager,
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

I have known Sonal for many years and aside from being highly engaging, articulate, passionate and knowledgeable about all matters of wine, I find her entrepreneurial spirit, her in-depth knowledge and her professional approach to wine highly commendable. If there is an authoritative person I wish to consult about wine, it is Sonal I seek out; she is in a rare class of very few selected and talented wine enthusiasts who are difficult to find.

Abhisek Basu

Executive Assistant Manager,
Food & Beverage, The Leela Mumbai

We at the Leela Mumbai have been engaging with the Sonal Holland Wine Academy for quite a few years now. Ms. Holland with her vast experience and passion has helped our associates gain a solid understanding of wine and beverages; and seamlessly apply it in interactions with customers. She loves sharing her knowledge with others and there is something new you learn each time you interact with her.

Zubin Songadwala

Area Manager South &

General Manager, ITC Grand Chola

Having known Sonal for almost 12 years now, I can say with confidence that Sonal’s passion for wine goes beyond that of a professional. Each of the endeavours that she sets out to achieve, create new benchmarks in the industry. Learning from her is the best opportunity one can get.

Our students love us!

Neeti Mehra

Editor & Entrepreneur

As an editor and a wine enthusiast, I knew a lot about wines, but studying with the Sonal Holland Wine Academy filled in all the gaps about the nuances of wine; the why’s and how’s, right from the grape to the glass. 

Reshma Patel

Wine Enthusiast

Learning about wines at Sonal Holland Wine Academy has broadened and deepened my understanding of wine. I particularly like that Sonal’s knowledge goes beyond the textbook, and draws from her extensive experience and exposure to the subject.

Atharva Joshi

Sommelier & Sales Executive in Wine Imports

Sonal simplifies and teaches each aspect of wine in an enjoyable way. Sonal Holland Wine Academy has really helped me build a strong base for my career in the wine industry.

I am ready to become a wine pro

Special introductory fee

Rs. 2200

All inclusive

The fee includes all taxes + online access to 10 learning modules, evaluation test and the gold-standard certificate of completion from Sonal Holland Wine Academy


Frequently asked questions

The program is designed for beginners and intermediate level hospitality professionals, students and enthusiasts. It is suitable for anyone above the legal drinking age. The course will enhance your knowledge as a wine professional and will deepen your enjoyment of wine as an enthusiast.

The program is structured in such a way to supplement practical knowledge through essential theory that a professional sommelier needs to know. This course will complement and sharpen your on-the-job skills, whilst enhancing your opportunities to further your career.

The course is designed by Sonal Holland Master of Wine, India’s most qualified wine professional and the country’s leading wine educator. It combines a global wine curriculum with the context and insights Indian wine professionals and enthusiasts require.

We are available on email as well as telephone to guide you for any technical difficulties you might encounter.

Then this course is perfect for you! Many enthusiasts have turned professionals, including Sonal, as they studied wine in depth. A majority of enthusiasts who have studied wine with us have multiplied their enjoyment and understanding of wine many times over.

Click on ‘Get certified’ option, fill in your information and create an account. Make the online payment with available payment options. Once the payment is made you will be registered for the program and will receive a confirmation email with access to the course content.

Once the course fees have been processed, you will receive via email access to the course modules. You can then login in with your student id and password and explore the 10 modules and learn at a pace comfortable to you.

Upon successful completion of the evaluation test, you will be eligible for a certificate of completion from Sonal Holland Wine Academy. A soft copy of the certificate will be sent to your registered email id.

The course allows you to gain theoretical knowledge of wines. However, we strongly recommend you to apply this knowledge by sampling a wide variety of wines, especially the ones that you have learnt on the course. Whilst you are not required to taste while on the course, you may use every opportunity thereafter to taste and learn, some of which would be enabled through our SoHo Wine Club events, held across the country.

The fees are non- refundable and non-transferable. The course is valid for a period of 1 month, and you may choose to access the content at a time convenient to you.

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