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Napa | Santa Barbara | Colorado | Florida | Nevada | Ohio | Tennessee | Online


WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits


Earn WSET’s highest qualification with the winner of the prestigious WSET Global Wine Educator of the Year for 2016

WSET Level 3 Spring Immersion Boot Camp (March 2018)

Includes Exclusive Cooperage, Vineyard and Winery field trip during the course. – Get involved and learn hands on during the spring growing season.

Italian Wine Professional Online Course

“The IWP should be considered an essential credential for anyone that buys or sells Italian wine.”

Jay Youmans – Master of Wine, IWP

WSET Level 1 Intro to Wine

A great way to jump start your career in wine.

Courses are available in Napa Valley, Denver, Santa Barbara, Cleveland, Nashville, Las Vegas, Orlando, & Tampa 

Courses available every month.


“You guys did a fantastic job!  The instructors were great – very knowledgeable and entertaining and the entire process was very organized and relevant.”

Fred H. – St Helena, California

SommDay School™ Workshops

Where future sommeliers come to learn the essentials of tasting, service, and much more…

American Wine Studies

Become an American Wine Expert™

The world’s first wine certification focused exclusively on American wine regions.

More than just an academy...

We are a welcoming community of world-class instructors committed to fostering excellence, creativity, culture, and advancement in the wine industry and beyond.

WSET Level 2 Course

Courses are available in Napa Valley, Denver, Santa Barbara, Cleveland, Nashville, Orlando, & Tampa 

Evening, Intensive, & Online Classes Offered

Courses available every month.


“Absolutely awesome experience.  Totally enjoyed it.  Feel much much more knowledgeable now then I did 10 days ago.  Teachers were awesome! Classmates were fun.”

Amy B. – Auburn, Alabama

WSET Level 3 Course

Master professional tasting and advanced wine knowledge

Courses are available in Napa Valley & Tampa Florida


“I would like just like to thank everyone at the academy for the incredibly experience that I had. The teaching was first class, and I really mean it when I say many of their instructors are overqualified…”

Pen C. – Edinburgh Scotland

Napa Valley Wine Academy

America’s Premier Wine School

California | Colorado | Florida | Nevada | Ohio | Tennessee | Online

With our headquarters in the heart of Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wine Academy is America’s Premier Wine School™ based in Napa Valley California and is proud to be an approved program provider of the internationally recognized WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) wine and spirit and Sommelier courses across the US. Our California-based school offers wine and spirit certification courses, and workshops that are ideal for both the enthusiast and wine and beverage industry professionals alike. Whether you want to learn about wine or spirits, for business or pleasure, our certification classes, workshops, and tastings are perfect for you. Our academy combines the unparalleled knowledge and passion of our instructors, with a friendly, approachable style. Come experience wine education at its best at one of our locations across the US.

California | Colorado | Florida | Nevada | Ohio | Tennessee | Online

No matter where you take one of our wine education classes expect to have a fun, rewarding, and informative educational experience.

Masters of Wine


Course Options


Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

California | Colorado | Florida | Nevada| Ohio | Tennessee | Online

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.

Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine EducatorsSociety of Wine Educators)

California | Colorado | Florida | Nevada| Ohio | Tennessee | Online

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.

Italian Wine Central (IWC)

California | Colorado | Florida | Nevada| Ohio | Tennessee | Online

Italian Wine Central, the leading English-language source of information about wine production in Italy, offers two educational courses that help learners understand the broad range of Italian wines seen in export markets around the world.

Wine Scholar GuildFrench Wine Scholar (FWS)

California | Florida

Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program  is designed for serious students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists.

American Wine Studies (AWS)

California | Colorado | Florida | Nevada| Ohio | Tennessee | Online

The most respected source for wine certifications on the wine regions and wines of America. American Wine Studies  course offers a first-rate, comprehensive journey through the American wine industry.

SommDay School Workshops

California | Florida

Our hands-on SommDay School™ workshops are designed for students in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry who are just starting their Sommelier education journey, and ideal for those looking to further improve their service and tasting skills.

Online Wine & Spirits Classes

Napa Valley Wine Academy offers an online distance learning option for the wine professional and enthusiast who wishes to study to advance their career or for pleasure but, find that it ‘s hard to attend regular classes in person at one of our locations.

Take your wine classes in our online global classroom under the watchful eye of one of our qualified instructors.

Wine 101 Foundation Online Course

an accessible introduction to the world wine and assumes that you have only very basic or no previous wine knowledge

Business of Wine Online Course

This course provides a competitive advantage to anyone looking for career or business opportunities in the wine industry.

Discovering Italian Wine Online Course

Developed for anyone who has an interest in Italian wine but currently, has very little to no previous knowledge about Italian wine.

CSW Exam-Prep Online Course

Designed to help you make the most out of your study time in preparing for the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam.

WSET Level 2 Online Course

Covers the key grape varieties grown and the different styles of wine produced around the world as well as the production of spirits.

WSET Level 3 Online Course

Ideal for anyone wishing to hold knowledge of the leading wine of the world, and to master a systematic approach to tasting wine.

Italian Wine Professional Online Course

Developed specifically for wine industry professionals and others who want to solidify and certify their knowledge of Italian wine.

Napa Valley Wine Expert Online Course

Developed specifically for wine industry professionals and others who want to solidify and certify their knowledge of Napa Valley wine.

What our students are saying

The  harvest experience in Napa in September was transformative for me in propelling me forward in pursuing my studies. I also realized that your course spoiled us rotten ! The hands-on time in the vineyard and in the winery made all of the concepts come alive.

Marilyn F. - Charlotte NC

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… Brien E. - Sonoma, California

I am so grateful for the quality of instruction at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. With every course I take, I learn so much more and feel utterly prepared for examinations. The instructors and staff at the school are topnotch. They are clearly passionate about wine and go above and beyond to share this passion with their students. Thank you to everyone at the Napa Valley Wine Academy! I cannot wait for my next course. Tyler K. - Napa, California

You 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


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