Cava Academy


The Cava Academy is a three-day training course for on-trade professionals that will take place in London on three consecutive Mondays in November, 2019.

Designed exclusively for UK sommeliers, of all levels, this in-depth educational course provides the most authoritative content, approved by the Consejo Regulador DO Cava, for professionals who wish to study Cava at a high level.

Only 40 candidates will be selected to join this programme, who upon successful completion of the course will be awarded Official Cava Sommelier accreditation in person from the 2019 president of the Consejo Regulador DO Cava, D. Javier Pages.

The Cava Academy programme:

Day One Monday 4 November
Course tutors: Rebecca Gibb MW & Patrick Schmitt MW
Course times: 10am – 2.30pm
Theory: History, geology and viticulture
Tasting: Base wines, indigenous varieties, young wines

Day Two Monday 11 November
Course tutors: Lenka Sedlackova MW & Sarah Jane Evans MW
Course times: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Theory: Viniculture, ageing and Paraje Calificado
Tasting: Reserva, Gran Reserva & Cava de Paraje Calificado

Day Three Monday 18 November
Course tutor: Fiona Beckett & marketing and communications director of DO Cava
Course times: 10.30am – 3.00pm
Theory: Gastronomy, the perfect serve and commerce
Tasting: Food pairing with Cava and examination.

The awards presentation will be held in central London on Monday 2 December, 2019.

Location: This course takes place in central London at 67 Pall Mall – an exclusive private members club, with excellent facilities, that is at the pinnacle of wine education, service and enjoyment.

Course fees and attendance: All selected candidates are sponsored by DO Cava to complete the course, at no charge. Those who are awarded a place on the Cava Academy course will be expected to attend all three days in order to pass the course.

Please note: this course will be conducted in English. All students needed good command of written and spoken English.

How to apply
Applications for 2019 are now open.

To apply, candidates are asked to submit a copy of their recent CV, along with a supporting statement (max 300 words) about why they would like to do the course and what benefit it will be to their current sommelier role.

In the first instance, please complete the form below and a course administrator will begin your application.