With its rich history and complex tasting notes, wine often appears as an elegant yet elusive world to many. As interest in this sophisticated drink grows, so does the desire to understand its intricacies.


Despite this increasing fascination, would-be wine aficionados face challenges that make wine education seem more daunting than delightful. They face multiple hurdles in learning about wine, and the resources are not as accessible as one might hope.


High Costs: A Barrier to Entry


For many, the associated costs are a significant barrier. Wine education extends beyond just taking classes; it includes traveling and sampling different wines, which can add up financially. Moreover, formal training programs, like those offering certifications from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), often have significant fees for registration and materials. This financial burden can prevent many eager individuals from pursuing wine education.


Complexity and Overwhelming Information


Diving into the world of wine is like exploring a deep ocean — vast, diverse, and a bit daunting at first glance. From understanding different grape varieties and winemaking processes to mastering the art of wine tasting, the amount of information can be overwhelming. Beginners might find themselves lost amid jargon-heavy texts and advanced tasting techniques, feeling out of their depth.


Elitism and Intimidation


Another challenge is the perceived elitism. Many potential learners are intimidated by the formal atmosphere and the pressure to have a certain level of knowledge before even joining a class. This fear of not “fitting in” or being judged for their lack of understanding can turn beginners away from pursuing further education in wine.


Cultural and Personal Biases


Lastly, cultural and personal biases can also hinder wine education. The dominance of certain wine-producing regions in educational materials can skew a learner’s understanding and appreciation of the global wine landscape. Educators’ personal preferences can sometimes lead to biased content presentation, impacting learners’ perceptions and tastes in wine.


This gap in wine education sparked a passion in award-winning winemaker Maddison Violet. Together with her partner, Laurent Violet, she envisioned a new way to learn about wine that would be engaging and approachable. The result is Club Boozy, an innovative platform designed to democratize wine education and make it enjoyable for everyone.


A Fresh Approach to Wine Learning


Maddison and Laurent, founders of Ve Oh Lay Acres, are no strangers to viticulture. Armed with a Level 4 WSET Diploma in Wine, Maddison has traveled the globe, collaborating with bars, restaurants, and fellow winemakers.


Laurent’s deep roots in winemaking stretch back to 1866 through a lineage rich in beverage production. This duo’s combined expertise and passion are the driving forces behind Club Boozy, which aims to strip away the pretentiousness often associated with wine culture.


According to the duo, Club Boozy is designed to be fun, accessible, and snob-free, focusing on the joy and communal spirit that wine can bring. “Wine is about bringing people together, and that’s exactly what we aim to achieve with Club Boozy,” says Maddison. Whether you’re a curious beginner or a seasoned connoisseur, the club offers a refreshing return to the basics, ensuring a solid foundation of wine knowledge.


What Club Boozy Offers


The club’s activities are crafted to be as enjoyable as educational. This approach underscores Maddison’s philosophy that wine education should be an inclusive, enriching experience that celebrates the sensory pleasures of wine.


Members of Club Boozy gain access to a range of expertly designed courses and events that highlight different aspects of the wine world. From understanding the basics of viticulture to exploring global wine regions and styles, each session is structured to be informative yet light-hearted.


Beyond the educational aspect, Club Boozy also aims to create a community of wine enthusiasts. It’s a space for members from diverse backgrounds to share their love for wine, exchange stories, and forge new friendships.


The inclusive environment welcomes anyone interested in wine, breaking down the barriers that often make wine seem intimidating to newcomers. Club Boozy also addresses the cost issue by offering affordable membership options, ensuring more people can participate without financial strain.




Despite its challenges, the interest in wine and wine education continues to grow. Addressing these hurdles is crucial for democratizing wine knowledge and making it more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. 


Club Boozy represents a movement towards making wine education as enjoyable and accessible as possible. As the industry evolves, Maddison and Laurent hope that accessible wine education will uncork a world where anyone can participate in the rich, communal experience of wine tasting and appreciation.