UCDAVIS: The innovative Certificate Program in Winemaking for Online Learners is the product of a partnership between the world-renowned Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and UC Davis Extension, the continuing education branch of UC Davis. The certificate program is designed for individuals employed in the wine industry around the world who cannot attend courses at UC Davis, but who wish to understand the science of wine production and how to apply that science in their winery. Program includes: Introduction to Winemaking, Wine Production, Quality Control and Analysis in Winemaking, Wine Stability and Sensory Analysis, and Viticulture for Winemakers. The classes are graded and rigorous, as are the courses within the degree program, but the online classes are somewhat less focused on theory and assume that the student has some practical experience in wine production. When successfully completed, these courses lead to a certificate in winemaking and cannot be applied to a degree program at Davis or elsewhere. Prices range from $650 to $2000 per class.

UC Davis Extension Certificate Program Link

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY: Lots of online classes through Washington State University including: Wine Production, Wine Chemistry, Enology-Viticulture Interface, Winery Equipment, Sanitation in the Winery, Wine Microbiology, Wine Sensory Evaluation and Economics of Starting a Winery.  Ranging in price from $75 to $400, these lectures are taken from the very popular certificate program offered by the university.  Study at home at your own pace with no exams. The downside is no instructor interaction and no certificate when complete.

Washingto State University Self-Directed Courses Link

WINE SPECTATOR TASTING SCHOOL: “Whether you’re starting to learn about wine or you’ve been collecting for years, our on-line courses take your wine education to the next level.  Learn to get more out of each sip and share step-by-step tastings with friends.”  Courses include: ABCs of Wine Tasting, Understanding Wine, Wine and Food Pairing, Sensory Evaluation, and more.  Prices range from $39 to $149.

Wine Spectator School Link