VITI1: Grape Mapping

VITI1 is the first step in the American Sommelier academic series. Each of the ten classes focuses on a grape variety or blends depending on the region. Students learn to compare and contrast different varieties in addition to different expressions of the same variety. Review of wine in history, climate, soil, geography, laws, wine making and grape growing.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Viticulture and Vinification
  2. Pinot Noir
  3. Chardonnay
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends
  5. Sauvignon Blanc and Blends
  6. Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo
  7. Riesling
  8. Chenin Blanc and Pinot Gris
  9. Sangiovese and Nebbiolo
  10. Champagne and Sparkling


  • Simple weekly homework projects
  • Weekly 15- 25 minute online quizzes
  • One 90-minute final exam


While it helps to have a Foundation of knowledge, there are no strict prerequisites for this class. Beginners committed to working hard are welcome to enroll.


Graduating students should:

  • Have a global understanding of how the vineyard environment impacts the resulting wine
  • Understand and be able to identify differentiating characteristics of Old World and New World styles
  • Be comfortable comparing/contrasting theory and characteristics of the benchmark styles of 12 grape varieties
  • Have an understanding of how grapes are grown and wine is made
  • Have profound confidence in tasting and analysis procedures

2017 VITI1 Schedule

DayTimeStart DateEnd DateLocation
Monday6PM - 8:30PM January 23March 27 Standard High Line
Tuesday 6PM - 8:30PM April 18th June 20th TBA
Monday 6PM - 8:30PM July 10th September 18th TBA
Tuesday 6PM - 8:30PM October 3rd December 5th TBA


Members $1,215 | Non-members $1,350

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