About Us

Welcome to Newcastle Wine School. Whilst all our tutors are WSET-qualified and have extensive experience of wine, they more importantly have an infectious enthusiasm for their subject and are able to communicate this to their audience without the use of confusing (& boring!) technical facts. They also travel widely and keep up to date with what is happening in the world of wine.

We teach people about wine by concentrating on the flavours and aromas of the wines. We focus on the taste profile of each wine explaining the characteristics of the grape variety, the climate, and the winemaking, and show you with maps and photos where they came from and how they are made. We explain why they taste like they do and ask and listen to what you think about the wines. 

The evenings are, above all, fun & entertaining with a relaxed atmosphere - no previous wine tasting experience is required. The best & most enjoyable way to learn about wine is comparing the tastes of different wines side-by-side.

We also always focus on food & wine matches, and explain what type of foods would go with the chosen wines, and more importantly - why! We talk about aromas, tastes, and flavours rather than technical winemaking details.

As we do not sell wine - we can show you where to buy the best wines locally and at the best prices. We work closely with local independent wine merchants to bring you the best tasting & most interesting wines they have to offer. (Often with discounts exclusive to Newcastle Wine School which you can take advantage of!)

Our guests come by themselves, in couples, and in larger groups, everybody is welcome. It is also a great way to meet people with the same interest in tasting & learning about wine.

All our Evening Tastings (7pm - 9pm) include minimum 6 wines (12 wines & lunch on our Saturday Courses), a small amount of tasting food, comprehensive tasting notes on the selected wines, plus a tutored tasting - with Digital projection equipment & DVDs/Maps/Slides. Professional ISO tasting glasses are also provided.  

Newcastle Wine School, as of Sep 2010 is delighted to have become a partner school with the Bordeaux Wine School (Ecole du Vin), and as such have our very own Bordeaux Accredited Tutor running dedicated Bordeaux Wine Courses.


Newcastle Wine School is also an Approved Programme Provider for the delivery of professional WSET Courses. We have WSET-Certified Tutors who teach the WSET Level 2 and WSET Level 3 Award Wine Courses.


I look forward to welcoming you to a Wine Tasting soon!

David Harker

Company Details:

Newcastle Wine School is a trading name of Wine Friendly Ltd., a company registered in England and Wales no. 08306046. Registered office address is: 3rd Floor Citygate, St. James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JE. (Please note, this is not the address where we run our wine tasting events - see 'Our Venues' for this information).

PS If you are interested in owning & running a Wine School as your own business - please see our Wine School Franchises page!







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