IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE INFORMATION

It’s about the people.

How can learning about something you have a passion for be made better?
Meet other people who are passionate about the same thing

We put the student at the center of everything we do.

OUR CULTURE

Our Core Values & Wine Education Philosophy

ACCESS

We believe anyone
should have access to
resources + guidance
to become a confident
wine authority

We believe anyone
should have access to
resources + guidance
to become a confident
wine authority

EMPOWERMENT

We design our courses to be approachable and fun — for any level.

We design our courses to be approachable and fun — for any level.

COMMUNITY

Elevate your wine
expertise in good company
with our instructors and

Elevate your wine expertise in good company with our instructors and

Why We Created Napa Valley Wine Academy

We’re passionate about our community and expert instructors they are the reason we exist.
Partners in wine education, Christian Oggenfuss, Catherine Bugue, and Jurg Oggenfuss have a combined 70+ years of experience in the wine business and came together in 2012 to found Napa Valley Wine Academy. Their goal then was as crystal clear as it is today: to create a professional learning environment where the student comes first, and excellence in education includes the entire experience: from pre-class correspondence to engaging classes with top instructors. They have always been agents of change and this new endeavor was no different
  1. Napa Valley Wine Academy is born

    2011

  2. 2014

    Launched our Online Learning Platform

  3. Designed & Launched Our First Proprietary Course: Wine 101

    2015

  4. 2016

    Awarded WSET & Riedel Global Educator of the Year

  5. Became a WSET Diploma Provider

    2017

  6. 2018

    Hit 4,000+ Students Educated in a Year

  7. Awarded WSET & Riedel Global Educator of the Year for a Second Time

    2019

  8. 2020

    First Cohort of Diploma Student Graduate

  9. Launched Wine 201 Wines of the World Online Course

    2021

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2011

Napa Valley Wine Academy is born
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2014

Launched our Online Learning Platform
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2015

Designed & Launched Our First Proprietary Course: Wine 101
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2017

Became a WSET Diploma Provider
Group 1355 3

2018

Hit 4,000+ Students Educated in a Year
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2019

Became a WSET Diploma Provider
Group 1355 1

2018

Awarded WSET & Riedel Global Educator of the Year for a Second Time
Group 1355 3

2020

First Cohort of Diploma Student Graduate
Group 1355 2

2021

Launched Wine 201 Wines of the World Online Course

SIMPLIFYING THE WORLD OF WINE

for All Levels

Here’s how we’re making it easier for anyone to become a confident wine authority.

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The Courses

A Clear Path Forward

Our curriculum is designed to be informative and engaging.

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The Instructors

The Perfect Pairing

Our instructors are wine experts and expert teachers.

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The Community

Learn and Laugh Together

We’re building more than an online learning platform, we’re creating a space for connection.

How We’re Different

We’re Premier, not Pretentious

We design our programs for students, not snobs. We know wines are complex, but believe wine education should be approachable and fun.

(There’s a reason we have some of the highest pass rates in the industry.)

WSET Educator of the year 2016

AWARD WINNING

2x WSET Educator of the Year
WSET Global Wine Educator of the Year 2019

HELPING ENTHUSIASTS AND PROFESSIONALS
BECOME CONFIDENT WINE AUTHORITIES.

Curious

Passionate

Professional

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