About Us


Manchester Wine School is owned by Lisa Moreton, a 30-something with a young family and a love of wine.

She started out on the Majestic Wine Graduate Programme in 2002, it was great experience and she completed her WSET Level 3 wine qualification here, but in 2004 she opted for a change in career and became a Higher Education lecturer teaching management, and later then teacher training.

When the opportunity to take over the wine school in 2014 arose it seemed only natural to combine her passion of wine with her teaching experience and so began a new adventure.

She loves to share her knowledge, and if you come along to one of the Manchester Wine School sessions you will be sure to hear about this wonderful tipple in a fresh and uncomplicated way.

Sarah Benson - Wine Tutor

Sarah's Dad introduced her to wine from a young(ish!) age.

Whilst working as a translator she completed her WSET Level 3 qualification in Wines & Spirits which really ignited her passion for the wonder stuff.  She decided to turn her passion into a career and has gone on to complete the Level 4 Diploma whilst working in many different areas of wine accross the world, from blending wines for supermarkets to buying and selling for independent retailers.

Sarah spends most her holidays in vineyards in some guise and is happiest when covered in grape juice!



Phil has always had a love of wine, although he was only in a position to pursue this passion when he moved from a career working in Commercial Finance to a job working in the in retail sector.

His employer sent him on a wine course; this made him realise that there was so much more to the world of wine. He decided that he wanted to learn more, broaden his knowledge and ultimately share what he had learned.

Phil then studied and completed his WSET levels 2 and 3 passing with distinctions in both.

He has worked with wine buyers and producers and travelled extensively visiting many wine regions.

Phil is a keen cook and enjoys pushing the boundaries when matching food and wine.

Phil continues to share his passion and love of wine as a Tutor with Manchester Wine School.

SARAH RAWLINGS - Administrator

Sarah is the newest member of the Manchester Wine School team and our office administrator.

Her diverse background includes an 5 year stint in the IT industry, being a Kindergarten teacher in Japan and several years in the Travel industry, where is goes without saying, she took full advantage of the perks of a job in travel!

As a mum of two young children the biggest challenge to her organisational skills, is keeping on top of the kids social lives.

A keen beer drinker, Sarah is being converted to all things wine, and recently completed WSET Level 2, passing with flying colours! With the help of the Manchester Wine School team has already started to make much better wine choices and get to grips with the fascinating, if sometimes confusing, world of wine!







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