The D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board has launched an Official Rioja Wine Educators programme worldwide. After passing a theoretical course through education.riojawine.com and practical training sessions including a sojourn in Rioja educators will receive certification.
The aim of the programme is to recruit professionals with communication skills and an ability to influence major wine consuming countries to act as Control Board approved educators, ensuring the quality and rigour of the knowledge of Rioja wines that is transmitted.
You can apply through the official programme website education.riojawine.com and explain why they would like to be a Rioja Wine Educator.
Candidates will be selected based on their CV. Candidates must have at least 2 years experience in the world of wine in one of the following areas: communication, education, sommelierie, wine retail sales and wine distribution.
Those who are successful must follow an educational programme approved by the D.O.Ca. Rioja. This includes an online course with tess available in Spanish and English, a final paper and further training alongside other students durign a stay in Rioja.
When educators receive their certification they will be able to organise training activities on their own or together with the Control Board or Rioja wineries and importers. Certificates are valid for 4 years.