The Gramona Academy: Corpinnat Masterclass

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Explore Corpinnat wines at this exclusive masterclass led by Gramona, one of Spain's most prestigious sparkling wine producers. Tickets are by application only!

Event details

A seminar on long-aged sparkling wines

Corpinnat is a relatively small category of prestigious traditional method sparkling wines, but what it lacks in scale it more than makes up for in quality.

We're offering you the opportunity to join us at a very special masterclass led by Master of Wine Álvaro Ribalta and Leo Gramona, sixth generation winemaker for Gramona.

Over the course of this event, Álvaro and Leo will guide attendees through an in-depth exploration of Gramona’s outstanding wines, including the history and viticulture in Penedes, a tasting of Gramona base wines, a vertical tasting, and a blind tasting of six sparkling wines.

This is a rare opportunity to taste some of the finest wines in the world and learn from world experts in sparkling wine - but we only have eight spaces available!

We're not charging for this event. Instead, we're asking interested attendees to submit an application telling us why you think we should offer you one of these coveted spaces. The form will only take a couple of minutes to fill out and we encourage a diverse range of people to apply.

What will you cover?

  • Penedès overview: History and viticulture
  • Explore base wine vinification with a tasting of base wines
  • Traditional method explained – taste Gramona TLN (Tirage Lustros Nature) 36, 60, 84, 120 and 192 months on the lees
  • Blind tasting of six sparkling wines of the world

About Álvaro Ribalta MW

Alvaro Ribalta MW

Originally from Barcelona, Álvaro moved to London in 2006 after completing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. His wine passion developed over several years, working in restaurants and wine bars in the UK capital. Over the years that followed, Álvaro studied all WSET qualifications, finishing his Diploma in 2014, for which he won the Lustau and Derouet Jameson Scholarships.

In 2011, Álvaro completed a master’s degree in engineering management and carried out the final thesis in a wine bottling plant in Veneto, Italy. He has been working for Indigo Wine, Spanish Specialist Importer, since 2014, currently as their Spanish buyer.

In 2021, Álvaro completed his Master of Wine studies and was awarded the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in tasting and outstanding achievement in the Institute of Masters of Wine practical exams. Álvaro explored Penedes sparkling wine for his Master of Wine research paper.

About Leo Gramona and Gramona winery

Winemaker Leo Gramona is the sixth generation of Gramona family alongside 5th generation cousins Xavier and Jaume Gramona.

Founded in 1881, Gramona is an iconic Spanish sparkling wine producer, specialising in traditional method wines and focusing on the Xarel-Lo grape variety.

Gramona vineyards are in the 'alt' Penedés region, 30km south of Barcelona. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Vineyards are protected by the rocky Montserrat mountain to the north and Gramona has been certified Biodynamic since 2014. Gramona wines have a reputation for long-ageing, low dosage and are outstanding quality.

Booking terms and conditions

  • Spaces will be allocated by application only.
  • Submit your application by Friday 29 September.
  • We will notify the selected attendees on Monday 2 October.
  • Those selected have 24 hours to confirm their attendance, before we offer the tickets to another applicant.
  • Selected attendees will be given one space each and there are eight spaces to allocate in total.
  • Please check you are available to travel to WSET School London on Monday 9 October. The session will start at 4:30pm.

Tasting level

Masterclass: Our most advanced sessions, suitable for those who have a WSET Level 3 qualification or equivalent knowledge. Gain expert knowledge and insights from a specialist speaker.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841 or email