Wine Industry Expertise

Wine and Leisure Industry Experience


Richard Esling, founder of the Sussex Wine Academy, has worked in the Wine Trade for over 30 years. He passed the WSET Higher Certificate(equivalent to Level 3) with Distinction and was awarded a Scholarship for high achievement when he passed the Diploma examinations. Richard has also passed the Master of Wine theory examinations and achieved a Grade A in one of the Master of Wine Practical (Tasting) examinations, although due to circumstances did not complete the MW full criteria. He is an Associate of the Institute of Wines and Spirits.


Richard has been a Wine Importer, a Wine Agent a Wine Consultant and a Wine Educator, having taught the WSET courses from back in 1994. He has been exclusive UK agent for many French wine producers and has advised restaurants, pubs and hotel groups with regard to their wine lists and sourcing.


Other areas of expertise and experience are concerned with the Leisure Industry, where Richard is also Managing Director of Business Strategy Consulting Ltd., a company which is involved in helping European businesses in the Leisure Industry to increase their customer base from the UK.