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.
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.
wine-growing regions - Wines of the world
- History of the vine and wine
techniques - Tasting
techniques - Legislation
- Technical English
- Team Management
- Commercial calculations
trends - Merchandising
- Sales techniques
seminars - Case
studies - Field trips, visits
A 22-week practical course is included in the training.
This immersion can take place in one of our partner companies depending on the availability of places, or in the company of your choice.
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.
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 includes 22 weeks of immersion in the company. This can take place in one of our partner companies, depending on availability, or in the company of your choice.
It will be possible to be in the company for one or more periods of immersion.
1/3 by professionals
1/3 by professionals with a minimum of 20 years experience in the wine industry.
1/3 by teacher-researchers
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.
September 1, 2020
September 7, 2020
July 22, 2021
5 months of practical teaching in our Academy.
Classes take place outside school holidays:
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.
"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. "
"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. "
"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. "
"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. "
Are you interested in enrolling in this Diploma? Just follow these steps:
1. Go to our application page
2. Fill in the requested information and attach the following documents:
No file fees are required.
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.
At the end of your interview, we will be able to register for the next session of the Diploma!
Do you have any questions about this Diploma? Don't hesitate to contact us by phone or email!