Diploma Sommelier-Cavist

University degree


Developed in partnership with the University of Haute-Alsace, the Diplôme Universitaire de Sommelier - Caviste aims to meet the needs of sales outlets with a wide range of wines and spirits.

The profession of sommelier - wine merchant covers a very wide field of activity, requiring a high degree of versatility and advanced general knowledge. This job requires both a transversal approach to skills and a specialisation in a very specific field.

The training allows students to train themselves to manage all the operations of a product's life cycle, from its purchase to its sale, through follow-up. It allows them to acquire the knowledge and know-how to be efficient and operational in their future professional functions.


This diploma will allow you to become a qualified sommelier in a specialty store or in mass distribution. 

The practical dimension of the training will allow you to be directly operational on the labour market or to continue your studies.

Public and prerequisites

The diploma welcomes, according to a limited number of students, any person wishing to deepen their knowledge of wine to become a sommelier-cavist. 


The Sommelier-Cavist University Diploma is composed of 7 teaching units.

You will taste about 200 wines and spirits.

Visits to vineyards, companies, case studies and conferences are also on the programme.

1. sommellerie

- Histoire de la vigne et du vin
- Les régions viticoles françaises
- Accords vins et mets
- Les vins du monde
- Les spiritueux
- Les bières 

2. Viticulture and oenology

- Connaissance des cépages et des terroirs
- Techniques de production 
- Techniques de dégustation
- Facteurs de qualités des vins 

3. Management

- Les fondamentaux du management 
- Gestion d'une équipe de vente

4. Management

- Tableaux de bord 
- Calculs commerciaux
- Législation

5. Marketing

- Les tendances du marché 
- Merchandising
- Techniques de vente
- Techniques de communication
- Anglais technique

6. Professionalization

- Professional
seminars - Case
studies - Field trips, visits

7. Immersion in a company

A 22-week immersion in a company is included in the training, in the form of an internship or work contract.

This immersion can take place in one of our partner companies depending on the availability of places or in the company of your choice.

Trades and opportunities

You will master all the operations of the sommelier's job: buying and managing the stock, managing the department and customer advisor.

You will be recognized as a high-level specialist who can advise the client and as a professional in the profitable management of a wine and spirits department.

wine store owner
Head of department
Cave manager


300 hours alternating lectures and tutorials. The courses take place in our establishment. However, some field applications could take place outside the academy.

The training consists of 22 weeks in the company. This period can take place in one of our partner companies depending on the availability of places, or in the company of your choice.

See our partner companies 

Courses are delivered as follows: 

1/3 by professionals 

1/3 by professionals with a minimum of 20 years experience in the wine industry.

1/3 by teacher-researchers 

The tutored project: 

If you wish, you can carry out during your University Diploma a professional project of your choice in line with your training.

Time spent on your project is added to the lectures and tutorials.

You will be followed by our pedagogical team throughout the realization of this project, whether or not it is really successful.


Application deadline

September 1, 2021

Start of training

September 6, 2021

End of training

Le 29 juillet 2022

TO JANUARY 28, 2022


5 months of practical teaching in our Academy. 

Classes take place outside school holidays: 

  • Monday afternoon
  • Tuesday, Wednesday morning and Thursday
  • Friday morning

DU 28 JANVIER 2022
AU 29 JUILLET 2022


Our pedagogical team ensures that you put into practice what you have learnt, as well as the successful completion of your tutored project if you have chosen to include it in your training.

La période en entreprise se termine au plus tard le 29 juillet 2022. 

Un total de 22 semaines en entreprise doit être réalisé. 


  • Maxime


    "Passionate about wine for many years, I decided to gradually take the plunge.

    However, as the manager of a small company, it was essential that the training I had chosen should enable me to reconcile my current professional life with my future professional life, and this is what AIVA has made possible. From my first exchanges with Mr Yvan Gerber, the pedagogical manager, and Mrs Karine Larchevêque, the administrative manager, I felt listened to and understood in the pursuit of my professional reorientation project.

    The human size of AIVA was also a criterion of choice.

    These first good impressions were quickly confirmed from the first days of training: quality instructors, brand new premises, help and follow-up in the various administrative obligations as well as in the search for an internship...

    All these elements have enabled me to maintain my current professional activity and to prepare with serenity for the future while acquiring a considerable amount of theoretical and practical knowledge, through the internship, in the field of wine. "

  • Danh-Loc


    Video testimony:

  • Alexandra


    Video testimony:

  • François


    "Working in wine as a commercial for 15 years already, AIVA allows me to deepen my knowledge and to value my achievements.

    There are 1 days per week of classes: This allows me to continue to work normally the rest of the time.

    The fact of being surrounded by professionals, whether at the level of students or professors, is also a plus. "

  • Élodie


    "Training sommelier, I work as a ray chef in a hyper. When I knew that an innovative Academy in wine would open up, I inquired to come and pass a diploma in addition to my work.

    Today, the diploma I pass allows me to revise my knowledge in wine, but also to learn more! The knowledge of wine is infinite.

    The tasting of wines accompanied by experienced people like Yvan Gerber, allows to evolve even faster. "

  • Julie


    "AIVA offered me the opportunity to retrain and undertake training in line with my needs.

    Coming from the restaurant business, I wanted to train with and for professionals, in order to be directly qualified in the exciting sector of wine.

    Combined training by one or more internships, Mr Yvan Gerber was able to find me Le Internship in total agreement with my convictions and my future prospects. "

  • Valentine


    Video testimony:

  • Tom


    " Exerçant dans le milieu sportif depuis toujours, j'ai souhaité progressivement me tourner vers ma passion, pour y exercer la profession de sommelier.

    Passionné de l'Alsace, je suis fier de pouvoir partagé mon expérience au sein d'une vraie école du vin qui est l'Académie Internationale des Vins en Alsace, située à Landersheim, tout près de Strasbourg.

    Lors de mes études, AIVA a su m'apporter toutes les connaissances nécessaires à la fonction de sommelier et plus particulièrement pour exercer dans le milieu de la commercialisation des vins et spiritueux. Ici, nous profitons pleinement des expériences et compétences de nos professeurs, qui sont de véritables professionnels du monde viti-vinicole. "

  • Marie


    " Faire de ma passion, mon métier : voilà ce qui m’a motivée à m’inscrire à l’AIVA.

    Après 3 ans d’études en Psychologie, je recherchais une formation rapide et diplômante : c’est ce que le Diplôme Universitaire Sommelier-Caviste offre.
    5 mois de théorie, où les unités d’enseignements varient pour des connaissances complètes : techniques de production, régions viticoles françaises et du monde, biérologie, merchandising, management, anglais technique, … tout est réuni pour devenir le meilleur des sommeliers/cavistes !

    Puis 5 mois de stage, afin d’appliquer toutes ces compétences acquises lors des cours, et de se confronter réellement à la profession. Les opportunités ne manquent pas : domaines, caveaux, restaurants, de nombreux lieux sont prêts à vous accueillir.

    Enfin, des enseignants et une équipe pédagogique à votre écoute, soucieux de votre réussite et de votre bien-être au sein de l’académie.

    En bref, une école et des enseignements de qualités, pour permettre à chacun de se former dans les meilleures conditions. Une superbe académie ! "

  • Maxime
  • Danh-Loc
  • Alexandra
  • François
  • Élodie
  • Julie
  • Valentine
  • Tom
  • Marie

How to apply?

Are you interested in enrolling in this Diploma? Just follow these steps: 

Step 1: Fill out our application page

1. Go to our application page
2. Fill in the requested information and attach the following documents:

Mandatory parts: 

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Copy of your identity document (identity card, passport or driver's license)
  • Last diploma obtained to date

Optional parts: 

  • Cover letter 
  • Other diploma obtained
  • Letter of recommendation 
  • Work certificate

No file fees are required. 

Step 2: maintenance 

After receiving your application, we will contact you as soon as possible. 

The purpose of the interview is to answer all your questions. It allows you to know your motivations and to see if our Diploma is in line with your professional objectives. It can be done in our Academy or via Skype.

Step 3: Your registration 

At the end of your interview, you will be determined on your potential enrolment at the Academy.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about this Diploma? Don't hesitate to contact us by phone or email!

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