About Us

Welcome to Lothian Wine School, an independent Edinburgh-based wine education company whose aim is to provide Wine Tasting for Everyone! 

We are not tied to any wine merchant or retailer and so we are able to offer impartial advice and taste only wines we believe are good examples of their type.

We like to teach about wine by concentrating on the flavours and aromas of each example. We look at the wine’s taste profile and explain how the characteristics of the grape can be influenced by the climate and local winemaking styles.

As we do not sell wine, we can show you where to buy the best wines locally and at the best prices. We work closely with local independent wine merchants to bring you the best tasting & most interesting wines currently available.

 Our Wine Courses are run by Justin Martindale.  After  spending five years in wine retail management,  Justin  has now turned his attention to teaching the  wonderful folk of Edinburgh their Barolo from their  Beaujolais.  During his time in the wine trade, Justin  passed his WSET Advanced certificate with Distinction  as well as getting the Calem Port Award, one of the WSET's coveted scholarships, and in 2014 was delighted to accept the Derouet Jameson Award for his results in the WSET Diploma qualification.  The award is for a place on the Master of Wine course, which Justin is currently studying for.

The Wine Tastings and Wine Courses are, above all, fun, entertaining and set in a relaxed atmosphere. They are seated, and tutored, and usually include visual aids and notes. Professional ISO tasting glasses are provided and no previous wine tasting experience is required. Our guests come by themselves, in couples or in larger groups and it is also a great way to meet others with the same interest in tasting and learning about wine.

Please feel free to contact Justin for any help or guidance on 0131 603 3865 or 07961 496545.

We were proud this year to reach the finals for two of the most prestigious awards in the wine industry. Harpers Wine & Spirits magazine selected us (along with Majestic and Oz Clarke – tough competition!) as among the UK’s top 3 companies for Wine Education 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 15 other locations - Bristol, Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Newcastle, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Lancashire, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Southampton, Winchester, West London and East London. We will be adding more locations soon.

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