Cava Academy


The Cava Academy is a three-day training course for on-trade professionals that took 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 were selected to join this programme, who upon successful completion of the course each was awarded Official Cava Sommelier accreditation from the 2019 president of the Consejo Regulador DO Cava, D. Javier Pagés.

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.

Location: This course took 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 were sponsored by DO Cava to complete the course, at no charge. Those who are awarded a place on the Cava Academy course were expected to attend all three days in order to pass the course.

Please note: this course is conducted in English. All students need good command of written and spoken English.

How to apply
Applications for 2020 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.