About Us

"At Kent Wine School we teach people about wine by concentrating on the flavours and aromas of the wines. We focus on the taste profile of each wine explaining the characteristics of the grape variety, the climate, and the winemaking, and show you with maps and photos where they came from and how they are made. We explain why they taste like they do and ask and listen to what you think about the wines. It's all about trial and error through tasting. We love wine and want to share this with everyone!"

The Kent Wine School team

Jonny Gibson 

Jonny has been working within the wine and spirits industry for over 30 years. It has been an interesting journey from early days in the marketing department at Diageo running Smirnoff and Croft Port through to brand and design projects for Jameson, Chivas Regal and Louis Roederer to buying and importing wine. His enthusiasm and fascination for wine has increased the more he has travelled to different wine regions.

Jonny holds the WSET Diploma and is an approved WSET Wine Educator qualified to teach up to WSET Level 3. He has worked as a judge for the Drinks Business Global Masters competitions, run wine workshops at the Tesco Wine Fair and has recently worked as a brand ambassador for both Moet et Chandon champagne and Ruinart champagne. He set up Sussex Wine School Tunbridge Wells (now Kent Wine School) in early 2012. 


Victoria Aldwinkle 

Victoria runs many of our courses and tastings in Tunbridge Wells. She achieved a distinction in her WSET Diploma exam and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of wine. Previous roles include assistant winemaker in Washington State, Tastings and Events Manager at The Wine Society, corporate tastings in the City of London and running tastings and tours for Hush Heath Wine Winery in Kent. 


Laurence Bowes 

Armed with a 20 year career in hospitality spanning time in America, Spain and the UK, Laurence has spent the past two years working as the Operations Director for Hush Heath with whom he continues to work in a consultancy capacity. Laurence has a passion for wine and wine coaching and training for the service industry. Laurence is also an expert in wine and food matching and enjoys educating professional chefs on how to get the best out of a tasting menu with wine matches.





The Local Wine School family runs courses in the following locations - Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Norwich, Chelmsford, Colchester, Reading, Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield, Manchester, Chester, Liverpool, Preston, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Oxford, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes, St Albans, East London, City of London, West London, North London, South London, Guildford, Dorking, Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. We will be adding other locations in the near future.

Please feel free to contact us for any help or guidance.

Kent Wine School

01892 322066
















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