Welcome to South London Wine School, an independent wine education company whose aim is to provide wine tasting for everyone! As we do not sell wine, we can show you where to buy the best wines locally and at the best prices. We work with local independent wine merchants as well as national merchants to bring you the best tasting & most interesting wines currently available.
Jonny Tyson - Co-owner and Head Tutor and Wine Chaser
Tastings are generally hosted by Jonny Tyson who has spent most of his career working in wine and beer. Having fallen in love with wine thanks to his vine-growing grandparents in Chianti, Jonny worked with Oddbins in Fulham and moved to Vancouver, Canada where he became a manager and buyer for various fine wine and craft beer specialist. He worked and managed restaurants with a focus on wine and craft beer, achieving his WSET Diploma and Court of Master Sommeliers Sommelier certification. On returning to the UK he became a WSET certified educator and assessor teaching courses and staff trainings to a wide variety of clients. He then expanded his skills to teaching beer as co-creator and head tutor of the Beer Professional Education and Training (BPET) program. After qualifying as a Beer Sommelier (IBD Beer Academy) and becoming the first Advanced Cicerone® in Europe he continued his wine studies passing the French Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar from The Wine Scholar Guild.
Jonny has a passion for engaging education that puts students at ease with the subject. He believes that the world of specialist knowledge is not the preserve of an exclusive clique, but should be open and accessible for everyone with an interest. Most of all, whether just tasting or studying for an exam, wine should be fun!
Jimmy Smith - Co-owner, Chief Wine Taster and Tutor
Jimmy has been working within the wine industry for 15 years with the past 10 years as a WSET-qualified tutor and assessor. Since 2007 he has educated over 6000 students through the WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 Award certification programs. Since 2016, Jimmy has also been one of the leading educators in the United Kingdom of the Wine Scholar Guild programs. In addition to these more formal qualifications Jimmy has held hundreds of private and corporate tastings across the UK focusing on the learning and enjoyment of wine, whisky and beer. Jimmy has been running West London Wine School since January 2010 and is a regular judge at the International Wine Challenge.
Its the all-important infectious enthusiasm and passion for the world of wine that enables Jimmy to communicate to his audience without the use of confusing (& boring!) technical facts often detailed in wine tastings. Jimmy brings all the experience and recognition he has achieved at West London Wine School to South London, alongside his impecable taste and wine selection!
To find out more about wine in general, check out the South London Wine School Blog, which features regular news and updates about the things happening at South London Wine School, trends in the trade, and some general wine related musings.
Nationally, our group of wine schools are proud to have reached the finals for two of the most prestigious awards in the wine industry. Harpers Wine & Spirits magazine selected us as among the UK’s top 3 companies for Wine Education in 2013 and the International Wine Challenge (IWC) selected us as finalists for Wine Educator of the Year 2012.
The wine school family also run courses in more than 20 other locations - Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Leeds, Hertfordshire, Manchester, Cambridge, Newcastle, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Chester, Liverpool, Lancashire, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Southampton, Winchester, Nottingham, Derby, West London and East London. We will be adding more locations soon.