Frequently Asked Questions


What is the objective of Wine Academy of India (WAI)?

The Objective of Wine Academy of India is to promote sensible and moderate wine drinking, impart knowledge of wine and promote wine culture in India by establishing relationships with the major players in the hospitality industry, Hotel management and catering institutes, wine clubs and individual wine lovers.


Is WAI a Wine club ?

Wine Academy of India is not a club. Its an academy which conducts wine appreciation courses and tasting sessions. WAI can organise sessions for clubs, corporates etc but its not a club.


What events does WAI organise ?

WAI organises only events related to Wine and its appreciation. WAI organises its own branded events for wine appreciation and guided tasting sessions as well as conduct such events for third parties. WAI can organise sessions for clubs, corporates etc.


What courses does WAI offer?

WAI offers its own Wine Appreciation courses for the wine lover as well as internationally and nationally certified wine courses like WSET London certified courses, Bordeaux Sommelier school courses etc.

Currently, WAI offers only WAI certified courses. We are in the process of offering international wine courses by becoming aproved programme provider for International organisations such as WSET.


Will the courses be certified ?

WAI conducts its own wine appreciation courses and participants will be given a certificate of participation. The courses and sessions are conducted by wine experts and sommeliers.

Internationally valid courses will be certified by International Wine course providers. These certificates will be valid all over the world.


Does WAI offer any international certified courses?

WAI, currently, offers its own Wine Appreciation courses. WAI is in the process of offering international wine courses by becoming aproved programme provider for International organisations such as WSET. These courses like WSET’s various Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses shall be international certified courses.


What are the types of courses?

WAI offers beginners and intermediate Wine Appreciation courses and guided tasting sessions. This can be taken by wine lovers or staff of Hotels and clubs to have a basic knowledge of wine.

We also offer courses for Bordeaux wines and Burgundy wines by inviting sommelier schools from France to conduct the sessions .

Please see the question regarding the international certified course for other details. Please contact us or check our website for updates on course dates and availbility of places.


What are the duration of the courses?

WAI courses may run 3-4 hours per session. The duration for other sessions and courses can be 1 day or 2 days and also a few weeks or months continuous assessments depending upon the courses.


Who are the trainers and speakers at WAI?

WAI courses are delivered by experts in the field, trainers from sommelier schools from France to conduct special courses such as Bordeaux wines and Burgundy wines and Certified sommeliers.


Where do you conduct WAI sessions?

WAI has its office premises but the courses, sessions and events are held at Hotels and Clubs due to logistical reasons.


Where do you hold your curent events and sessions ?

Sheraton Park Hotel is the current venue in Chennai. WAI monthly events and sessions are held there. Third party events can be held in other hotels, clubs, private houses or at WAI office premises.


What will be the cost of a WAI session?

It will vary from session to session. The cost of the session depends on the type of course and session. It also depends on fees, travel and accommodation for the speakers and trainers , cost of the venue and the food provided and the cost of the wines sourced.


Will the events be only about wines ?

Yes, the events will only be on wines and its appreciation.

WAI will include sessions on spirits made by distillation of wine at a later stage if necessary and relevant for wine education.


Does WAI intend to include spirits education later ?

WAI’s main objective is to demystify wines and its appreciation.

WAI will include sessions on spirits made by distillation of wine at a later stage if necessary and relevant for wine education.


Who can attend the sessions ?

Anyone who wants to know more about wine and its appreciation can attend the session. However, they have to be of legal drinking age and capacity.


Is there any minimum age to attend WAI sessions?

The legal drinking age in India is 21 years and hence people aged 21 and above will only be allowed to attend the sessions and courses.