About Us

Thames Valley Wine School are a local events company providing wine tastings and courses across Reading, Windsor and Berkshire.

We offer a wide variety of choices, from one-off tastings to longer courses covering wine in greater depth. Our events are held in relaxed surroundings, and are for people who enjoy wine and wish to learn more!

In addition to our regular tastings, we're also an approved provider of WSET Courses (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), as well as regularly hosting both Corporate and Private Events across the Thames Valley region!

We also sell Gift Vouchers too...! 

Why choose Thames Valley Wine School?

  • Wine Tasting for everyone - whatever your wine knowledge, our sessions are designed to be fun, social and inclusive!
  • We do not sell wine - all wines are hand-picked for quality and included in your ticket price - at the end we provide details of where to buy locally!
  • Our sessions are centrally located in both Reading and Windsor
  • Tasting sheets, nibbles and use of professional tasting glasses are included.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many people attend each tasting?
Usually between 10 and 20  - enough for atmosphere, but not too many to make it impersonal.

What should I expect on the night? 
On arrival, you’ll be given a tasting mat and an information sheet as per the picture. We will then taste 6-8 wines (depending on the topic) over the 2 hours.  

Is there a dress code? What should I wear?
No dress code – whatever you feel comfortable in.

Where do you hold your events?
You can read more on our venues page

Can I attend a tasting by myself? 
Of course! Every session has a mixture of individuals and small groups making for an engaging atmosphere.

Will there be food at the tasting?
Depending on the theme we offer small nibbles e.g. Crisps or Pretzels or Cheese  

Are your tastings snooty?
Absolutely not! The school’s mantra is ‘Wine tasting for everyone’ so whether you know a little or a lot about wine, our sessions are pitched to help you have fun and get the most enjoyment possible whatever your knowledge.

Where do you source your wines from?
We source from a variety of retailers, usually Waitrose, Majestic, Wine Society or local independents. Each wine is what I feel is a good example to support the teaching based on quality, price and availability - so if customers particularly like a wine they taste, they can then go and buy the wine at their leisure.

How expensive are the wines on tasting?
Between £7 and £15 – it’s about how well the wine supports the teaching pointI'm making so (within reason) price isn’t a major consideration.

Other tastings I've seen seem to be a bit cheaper..?
Our USP is that ‘we don’t sell wine’ . Other tastings often have subsidised ticket prices based on expected wine sales after the event. With us, it’s all covered in your ticket allowing us to choose the best examples independently and making for a relaxed evening with no pressure to buy. 

I don’t have PayPal – can I use a credit card?
Yes – all you need to do is click 'Check out as a guest' at the PayPal login screen. Alternatively, you can also call us on 01628 436370 where we can arrange payment over the phone. 

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