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American Wine Studies™

We are excited to announce the world’s first wine certification focused exclusively on American wine regions.

Become an American Wine Expert™



Get your WSET Certification from the experts

Whether you are a beginner, enthusiast or professional we have the right WSET certification for you.

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Introduction to the Business of Wine

Designed for anyone who has an interest in better understanding the wine business from the “grape to the glass.”


WSET Level 1 Intro to Wine

A great way to jump start your career in wine.


WSET Level 3 Immersion Spring Boot Camp (March 2015)

Dive deep into the subject of wine and learn hands on in our Boot Camp courses. More learning and more fun!


Choosing the right Wine Certification

Your options range from several nationally and globally respected wine certifying bodies. Use this resource to help you make the right choice.

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Certified Specialist of Wine Course

Preparation is KEY to passing the rigorous CSW exam!  Our 4-Day intensive course increases your pass rate significantly.

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What Our Students Are Saying

“Absolutely awesome experience…Totally enjoyed it… Teachers were awesome!”

“I highly recommend Napa Valley Wine Academy to everyone how is interested in learning more about the interesting world of wine.”

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Online Wine Classes

Ultimate flexibility for the busy wine professional and enthusiast

We offer WSET Level 2 & 3 Online Classes that fit your level of knowledge and pace of learning. Learn from home.

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Wine is our Passion. Education is our Mission

America’s Premier Wine School in the heart of Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wine Academy is a California Wine School that is proud to be an approved program provider of the internationally recognized WSET® WSET Approved Programme Provider(Wine & Spirit Education Trust) wine and spirit and Sommelier courses in Napa Valley and across the US. Our California based wine and spirit school offers wine and spirit certification courses, and workshops that are ideal for both the wine enthusiast and wine and beverage industry professionals alike. Whether you are a casual wine drinker eager to learn more about wine and spirits or a wine professional looking to take your wine knowledge and career to the next level by getting your certification we offer a course that is right for you.

Wine Courses available in

Napa Valley | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles | Tampa


Ariadne logo-smallThe Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)  provides high-quality education in wines and spirits to more than 56,000 people every year around the globe clearly making the WSET the biggest wine education organization of its kind in the world.  It was established in London in 1969 and currently offers its prestigious wine certification courses in over 62 countries and 18 languages. The WSET has become the foremost international organization in the field of wines and spirits education and certification, and offers a suite of sought after qualifications that are considered to be the gold standard in wine education. Whether you want to learn about wine or spirits, for business or pleasure, our wine certification classes, workshops, and tastings are perfect for you. Our wine school combines the unparalleled knowledge and passion of our instructors, with a friendly, approachable style, making our Napa and Northern California wine education programs fun, rewarding, and informative.



Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

We are proud to offer our 4-Day Intensive Exam-Prep course specially designed by our experts to better prepare students for the rigorous CSW exam.

Proper test preparation is very important, worldwide less than 58% of first-time CSW home-study examinees pass the exam. Our intensive test prep program is intended to give CSW Candidates the advantage of personalized instruction and a comprehensive understanding of the exam material. Our students gain a solid understanding of the world of wine that will help them progress in their drinks career, as well as become part of a network of wine professionals.

The Society of Wine Educators was founded in 1974 as a non-profit educational organization (501c3) whose mission is to advance wine education through professional development and certification.

These credentials are a valuable and widely respected mark of a wine professional’s commitment to personal career development and ultimately to the wine industry as a whole.

The Society’s goal is to foster and promote the professional education and development of the individual in particular, and the professional education and development of the wine industry as a whole.


Online WSET Wine Classes

Napa Valley Wine Academy offers both the WSET® Level 2 (Intermediate) and WSET® Level 3 (Advanced) Courses in an online setting. Students register through Napa Valley Wine Academy, take classes in an online global classroom under the watchful eye of a WSET® tutor, and then sit their exam(s) at our center in Napa. For the Advanced Courses, students also attend in-class Course Days in Napa for in-depth instruction on the systematic approach to tasting.

The courses are structured, interactive learning programs, but offer the freedom of flexible scheduling. Students log-in whenever it is convenient (at least once a week or every two weeks, depending on the course), review the summary of weekly or biweekly topics, study, complete activities and tasting exercises, post responses and participate in online class discussion.

Upon registration, students receive course materials from Napa Valley Wine Academy by FedEx and an e-mail from WSET® with log-in instructions for the online classroom. The online-classroom site includes a course calendar of topics covered each week, the required background reading, activities for each topic, tasting assignments (students must purchase their own wine) and quizzes. The activities and tasting assignments require students to post responses. Students may view classmates’ responses and the exchange with the instructor only if they themselves post a response; interaction is critical to success in this course.

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The WSET® Level 2 (Intermediate) Online Course includes five interactive classes over a five-week period. The WSET® Level 2 (Intermediate) Online Course includes five interactive classes over a five-week period.

The WSET® Level 3 (Advanced) Online Course includes eight interactive classes over a 16-week period. The WSET® Level 3 (Advanced) Online Course includes eight interactive classes over a 16-week period.

A fresh new take on wine & spirits education:

We take you outside of the standard classroom and into winery and food centers that place you closer to the subject matter at hand.

• Classes include fun, on-site activities that promote learning

• Energetic and knowledgeable instructors who have been in the business for decades

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What our students are saying

NVWA for FB white glass“You and Christian did a FANTASTIC job at helping me and the other students pass the exam, along with strengthening my personal passion for wine. I feel so much more confident when speaking about wine with sommeliers and winemakers here in Mendoza. I had a wonderful time with Napa Valley Wine Academy and will highly recommend you guys to anyone who ask where they can earn wine credentials. “

Alex H. - Mendoza, Argentina

NVWA for FB white glassI would like to thank everyone at Napa Valley Wine Academy for organizing the course I attended, January 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th at St. Supèry Estate.  The classes were of tremendous value to my journey and studies of the ‘Study Guide’ from The Society of Wine Educators. Also, I am very appreciative of Amy’s non faltering aid.  Truly, a valuable asset to your team. Once again, a thousand thanks.

Lynn, D - Sonoma, California

NVWA for FB white glass“I am really glad that I took the course.  I learned so much and increased my confidence when speaking about wine as well.  It cemented my desire to remain in the wine industry and to continue to learn.  I thought the presentation was great and the knowledge you and the other instructors brought was impressive and inspiring.  I also enjoyed St. Supery as a venue.”

Brien, E.

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