Rioja DOCa Master Certification

November 15, 2017 (Wed)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel, San Diego
333 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

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Cost: $289 to $350

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Entertainment     Tasting (sit down)     Wine    

This six-hour course covers the grapes, wine styles, terroir, market factors, business models, gastronomy and history.  The flavor and aroma profiles of Rioja as it ages and the modern and traditional wines will be covered in depth.  Learn what makes Rioja unique among the worlds’ most respected global wine regions. 

The course will be followed by an online exam of one hour, given at a later date convenient to the student. 


Upon passing exam grade, a Certification will be issued directly through the DOCa Rioja Consejo Regulador. 

Course curriculum:

  • History, Influences of the British and the French
  • Grape Varieties
  • Terroir Characteristics, including the sub-regions and seven tributary valleys of the Ebro River
  • Production
  • Aging, Oak regimens, Outcomes of oak
  • Wine Styles
  • Business Models - Bodegas, Coops, Consejo Regulador
  • Gastronomy and Culture
  • Vintages

Exam details:  30 multiple choice, 20 short answer, 1 essay question.  NO TASTING.

Instructor:  Nina Sventitsky is a 'Certified Rioja Wine Educator', having gone through the inaugural program by the Consejo Regulador in Logroño, Rioja in 2016.  

The NASA Rioja Master Certification is the only course of its kind given in North America.