Certified Wine Pro

Get guided access to the fundamentals of wine and kickstart your journey in the wine industry with Sonal Holland MW. The Certified Wine Pro is the first step you need to take to enter the wine world.

INR 2995 (inclusive of taxes)

A course that engages, enriches, and evolves your wine knowledge and skills.

Build your understanding of what wine is, how to taste and serve wine like a pro with the Master of Wine as she shares with you, special tips on how to read wine labels and pair wines with food in this specially designed elementary course.

Certified Wine Pro at Sonal Holland Wine Academy

The Certified Wine Pro is a beginner and intermediate level online course. This concise course is designed for aspiring professionals who are keen to launch their wine careers, students who wish to sharpen their wine knowledge and enthusiasts who wish to learn to taste and discover wine, systematically.

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.

Sign up now and get access to the course for 90 days!

You will gain knowledge about

What is wine, how wine is made and where the wine comes from

Principle must-know grape varieties and the different styles of wine

How to taste wine like a sommelier and pair it with food

What differentiates great wine from ordinary wine

How to store wine without spoiling it

How to serve wine with confidence and skill

Decoding tricky wine label terms

Busting popular wine myths

India’s fascinating wine industry and its top producers

Who is this course for?

  • Food and beverage professionals 
  • Aspiring sommeliers and wine professionals 
  • Bartenders and mixologists who are keen to specialise in wine 
  • Winemakers and winery staff 
  • Marketers and sales resources working in wine companies 
  • Culinary chefs and aspiring chefs 
  • Hospitality management and culinary college students 
  • Wine enthusiasts and curious consumers 
  • Airline crew 
  • Cruise line service staff 
  •  Entrepreneurs, owners and managers in the alcobev industry


  • 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 
  • 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)

How the Course benefits you

Flexibility & convenience of time and space
Gold-standard certification

Access to expertise & world-class curriculum, comparable to any other globally recognised qualification
Enjoyment and confidence in buying, drinking and talking wine

Best costs

Credibility & career advancement opportunities
Relevant and industry-focused curriculum

What's included in the Course

  • 10 online modules taught by Sonal Holland, Master of Wine 
  • Sonal Holland’s take on how knowledge is to be applied to real-life 
  • Audio-visual cues along with each modules 
  • Pro-tips from the Master of Wine 
  • Self-paced course with access for 90 days and unlimited views 
  • Online evaluation test for your own assessment of learning 
  • Course Completion Certificate from Sonal Holland Wine Academy
  • Downloadable study material with all the course curriculum covered


Students who have benefitted from our courses
Hriday Talwar

Hospitality Student

The course has provided me with a better understanding of wines. I have learned how to know the aromas, the sugars, tannins, the overall body of the wine and other important aspects. The course covered all the foundational knowledge of wine. The course was easy to understand for anyone to comprehend the complex wine world. It has definitely increased my appetite to learn more about the wine world.

Candice Midde

Sensory and Aromas Expert

The course is simplified for a newbie into wines, very clear, with a focused approach of access to the right information, demystifying myths around wine and discovering the process of its genesis to the final product. It's such a pleasure to have come across an online course like this, reasonable for self-study and must say, Sonal's content is rich, multi-faceted and can be grasped very easily. Looking forward to more such amazing courses on wines!

Shubham Nautiyal

French & Francophone Student

Initially, I had a basic understanding of French wines like many wine enthusiasts, but this course helped me to further enrich my knowledge of this domain. I feel this course covered all the essential knowledge at the basic level. The course could not be more appropriate. It was pretty precise and easy to comprehend. It has given me the confidence to learn more about wines and pursue a career in the wine industry.

Gain Advantage from the Master of Wine's Expertise

Sonal Holland is the first and only Indian to be conferred the ‘Master of Wine’ (MW) – the most respected title in the industry representing the highest standards of professional knowledge in the world.

Through the span of her professional career, Sonal has tasted tens of thousands of wines, travelled across the globe to possibly every wine region, visited hundreds of wineries, spent time with legendary winemakers to hone her knowledge, and in turn, has mentored hundreds of aspirants and professionals to launch their wine careers in the Indian industry.

Sonal Holland Wine Academy was born out of a need for accessing world-class knowledge with a vision to setting the gold-standard for wine and beverage education in the country. Since its inception in 2009, everyone from novices to oenophiles, students to professionals have benefitted from Sonal’s unrivalled prowess and experience in this domain. Her compelling educational style combined with a cheerful demeanour and easy-to-understand instructions make even the most seemingly daunting subject of wine, accessible and enjoyable.

Sonal is the finest educator there is. She also consults on wine with entrepreneurial ventures across wine retail, imports and events. Her distinguished career has earned her several accolades, including being featured in the list of Top 50 Most Powerful Women and Top 100 Most Influential People in Indian luxury. Sonal is widely celebrated as the Top Wine Personality in India by several eminent media publications and business houses.

Sonal’s TEDx talk chronicles her journey from a conventional job at a Fortune 500 company to becoming 'one in a billion' as India’s leading wine voice. Her story is an inspiration to many who are seeking the courage to step out, own their dreams, act upon their ideas and achieve incredible things.

Frequently asked questions

The program is designed for beginners and wine enthusiasts. It is suitable for anyone above the legal drinking age. The course will give you the basic knowledge you need to know about wine.

The Introduction to Wine (Hindi) course designed for beginners. If you’re a professional and want to advance your career in wine, the Advanced Wine Pro will help you take a step ahead.

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 enthusiasts require. The course has immense value for all those who enjoy drinking wine.

Upon enrolment, the course including video presentation are made available to you for viewing. Please watch the video modules and learn the content.

1. Click on the Enrol Now button

2. Fill in the details at the Sign-up Page (Name, email id, password)

3. Complete the payment using any payment method – credit/ debit card, netbanking, digital wallets or UPI

4. Get instant access to the course videos and content

All courses in the Academy are available with access for 90 days from the date of course purchase. You are welcome to the videos as many times as you like to master the learning.

You can start anytime you want and with a 90 days course access. You can watch the course as many times as you like during that period.

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us for a refund within the next 48 hours and we will be happy to refund 100% of the purchase price

We are available on email 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.

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 learn at a pace comfortable to you. You will also receive a free downloadable workbook where you can take notes as you learn.

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 can be downloaded from the website upon completion of the course.

The course allows you to gain theoretical and practical 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 90 days, and you may choose to access the content at a time convenient to you.