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Opening in 2019, Vitis House is North Carolina’s newest wine school, joining the North Carolina Wine Academy and the Asheville School of Wine/MW Wine School.
The school has been widely accepted and celebrated in its local community. Positive articles from Raleigh Magazine, WRAL (the NBC affiliate station), and Charlotte Magazine have celebrated this new wine school.
Many media outlets have erroneously claimed that Vitis House is the state’s first wine school. While it’s true we have not reviewed or listed wine schools in NC as of 2022; there has been a thriving wine education culture in this state for many years.
Vitis House offers franchised certification programs, including the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the Wine Scholar Guild. They also offer a wide selection of consumer-level wine-tasting classes.
Offering several classes a week, this is already one of the bigger wine schools in the US. Only Napa Valley Wine Academy (four classes per week) and the Wine School of Philadelphia (five classes per week) offer more programming. And both of those programs have been in existence for over a decade.
One of the reasons for the success of this wine school is its founder, Doreen Colondres. She has a deep resume in the food and wine world. She was the food and wine editor of Siempre Mujer Magazine, a fashion-forward magazine for Latinas living in the US. She is also a bestselling cookbook author and a regular guest on Spanish-language tv networks Univisión, Fox Life, and Utilísima.