About Us

Welcome to Clifton Wine School, an independent wine education company whose aim is to provide Wine Tasting for Everyone! 

All our Wine Courses are run by the owner Ruth Wiles.  After spending seven years in wine retail management, Ruth has completed the WSET Diploma qualification and is a qualified educator and assessor with the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust. You are in safe hands!

We are the only school network not affiliated with any wine merchant or retailer and so we are able to offer truly impartial advice and taste only wines we believe are good examples of their type.

We like to teach about wine by concentrating on the flavours and aromas of each example. We look at the wine’s taste profile and explain how the characteristics of the grape can be influenced by the climate and local winemaking styles.

As we do not sell wine, we can show you where to buy the best wines locally and at the best prices. We work with local independent wine merchants as well as national merchants to bring you the best tasting & most interesting wines currently available.

The Wine Tastings and Wine Courses are, above all, fun, entertaining and set in a relaxed atmosphere. They are seated, and tutored, and usually include visual aids and notes. Professional ISO tasting glasses are provided and no previous wine tasting experience is required. Our guests come by themselves, in couples or in larger groups and it is also a great way to meet others with the same interest in tasting and learning about wine.

Feel free to contact Ruth on 0117 3706576 or 07854 239926. Alternatively, you can email her - info@cliftonwineschool.com

Nationally, our group of wine schools are proud to have reached the finals for three of the most prestigious awards in the wine industry. Harpers Wine & Spirits magazine selected us as among the UK’s top 3 companies for Wine Education in 2013 and the International Wine Challenge (IWC) selected us as finalists for Wine Educator of the Year 2012.

Our West London Wine School has also been nominated as the Riedel WSET Wine Educator of the Year 2012. The Award for ‘individuals and companies who have made a significant contribution to WSET courses and qualifications in the past year, and who have achieved superlative results in WSET programs, whilst demonstrating commitment and innovation in education.’

The wine school family also run courses in 25 other locations - Edinburgh, Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Newcastle, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Lancashire, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Southampton, Winchester, West London and East London. We will be adding more locations soon.

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