Napa Valley Wine Academy is proud to offer educational wine tours designed for serious students of wine. Our travel offerings allow for an immersive learning experience in wine regions such as Napa Valley, Bourgogne (aka Burgundy), Mosel-Rheingau, Bordeaux, Greece, Willamette Valley, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and more. All of our educational wine tours are designed and hosted by recognized regional experts, including Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, and other world-renowned experts.
When you travel to a region with us, you’ll gain access to wine education experiences, wineries, and vineyards not ordinarily accessible to the public. You’ll have the opportunity to dine with winery owners, winemakers, viticulturists, and other experts at wineries. You’ll taste incredible wines, typical to the region, with experts that will share educational insights that will deepen your understanding on the region and its wines. These are learning opportunities that you would otherwise not have access to. You’ll see and experience things as a student in ways that those who only study textbooks don’t.
As America’s Premier Wine School and one of the most respected wine education institutions, we have deep connections and relationships with many of the best producers and experts in the best wine regions. Our educational wine tours go beyond regular “tourist” wine tours and focus on hands-on educational experiences that provide you with unparalleled access to information, winery, and vineyards visits and knowledge. Our tours are carefully crafted to be educational at every step. When you travel with us, we stay in hotels located in the heart of the regions, enjoy educational wine tastings in top wineries, visit the vineyards to gain an understanding of terroir, viticulture, and the natural influences that impact a wines style, quality, and price. Of course, we also dine on some of the most delicious local cuisines in some of the most beautiful places accompanied by the experts. And it’s all in an educational, fun and exciting atmosphere!
Our educational tours are designed for the passional wine student, whether they be professionals or enthusiasts. If you are looking for more of a traditional wine tour that is light on education, this is NOT the tour for you.
Our tours are organized in partnership and collaborate with leading experts in the area, along with local travel agencies.
Most of our tours last from five (5) to seven (7) days and include all accommodations, ground transportation in the region, breakfast, lunch, and some dinners, education by experts, and the tasting of 80+ classic wines.
Our tours are limited to a maximum of 14 students. This ensures the best opportunity to experience the region in an intimate yet highly educational manner; it also makes it a diverse and fun group.
We invite you to explore our educational travel itineraries below. Our trips sell out fast so don’t delay in booking your spot on one of our trips. Please also check out our testimonials below. Feel free to call 855-513-9738 us with any questions you may have.
Join Napa Valley Wine Academy and Greek Grape Wine Tours (GGWT) for an amazing 6 day/7 night educational trip exploring the wines, wine regions and culture of Greece. We have taken the stress out of planning a trip on your own so that you can sit back, enjoy your trip and focus 100% on learning about Greece and its glorious wine. You will taste a large number of wines on our visits to producers and during meals. Improve your wine tasting skills by tasting with our expert guides and the wine producers themselves. Perfect for students of WSET Levels 2-4, CSW, and Sommelier students who desire an immersive learning experience in these ancient but emerging wine regions of Greece.
At the end of this trip, we guarantee you will have a much broader understanding of not only the regions we visit and the varieties we taste, but also the history and role Greek wines play in past and present Greek culture. To develop this understanding, we will visit three of the major wine regions over the week. While ambitious, it is important to experience these unique regions because, from a wine growing perspective, they are so vastly different.
May 24 to May 30, 2019 Led by Catherine Bugue, dipWSET
Join Napa Valley Wine Academy and renowned German Wine Expert Romana Echensperger, Master of Wine, for an amazing 7-day/7-night educational trip exploring the wines, wine regions and culture of the Rheingau and Mosel regions of Germany. Perfect for students of WSET Levels 2-4, CSW, FWS, and Sommelier students who desire an immersive learning experience in the heart of Germany’s most famous wine regions. To truly understand the complexity of the Rheingau and Mosel, it is vital that you experience them first-hand.
This study trip is much more than an opportunity to learn about Riesling. It is a great way to learn about the rich local culture, history, and grape varieties as well! Additionally, our study trips are virtually all-inclusive. We have taken the stress out of planning a trip on your own so that you can sit back, enjoy your trip and focus 100% on learning about the regions of the Rheingau and Mosel and their glorious wines.
April 26 to May 3, 2019 Led by Romana Echensperger, MW
THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT
Join Napa Valley Wine Academy and Official Bourgogne Ambassador, Christian Oggenfuss, dipWSET, for an amazing 5-day/6-night educational trip exploring the wines, wine regions and culture of Bourgogne, “Burgundy”, France. Perfect for students of WSET Levels 2-4, CSW, FWS, and Sommelier students who desire an immersive learning experience in the heart of the Bourgogne region of France. To truly understand the complexity of the region it is vital that you experience it first-hand.
This study trip is much more than an opportunity to learn about wine. It is a great way to learn about the local culture, history, and cuisine of Bourgogne as well! Additionally, our study trips are virtually all-inclusive. We have taken the stress out of planning a trip on your own so that you can sit back, enjoy your trip and focus 100% on learning about the Bourgogne region and its glorious wine.
June 14 to 20, 2019 Led by Christian Oggenfuss, dipWSET and one of only 64 Official Bourgogne Ambassadors in the world
THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT
This trip exceeded our expectations. Not only was it educational, but also very enjoyable. Our study of the wines of Bourgogne provided a wonderful context in which to expand our knowledge about the history, topography, and culture of the region. This trip wetted our thirst for more in-depth knowledge of the other wine regions throughout the world. I can’t wait for our next trip with Napa Valley Wine Academy!
The Bourgogne wine tour was amazing! Each day included numerous hands-on educational activities; I learned so much about wine production in the area. Meeting the many wine producers and the wine tastings and were fantastic. I hope to be able to participate in future wine tours.
This was the trip of a lifetime. It was the best example of experimental learning I have had the opportunity to enjoy. We started the day with excellent lecture format instruction, and then we’re off to the appellations and region to experience in person. Amazing! The lunches and dinners we enjoyed together, always paired with the wines of the appellation were all unique and spectacular in their own way. Christian is the perfect, gracious host and an excellent teacher. And he ensured that each of us was well supported, no matter what was needed. Suffice to say I am IN for the trip to Piedmont 🍷😬
The highlight of our educational journey so far came when we attended the WSET Level 3 Harvest Boot Camp in Napa this past September. The experience, too put in a few words, was “life-changing”. During the 7-day course we were able to meet with Napa Valley winemakers and learn their grape growing techniques, walked through their vineyards and helped them harvest grape varietals, got our hands dirty crushing and fermenting wine, talked with them about aging styles and closed the week with a gourmet vineyard dinner with a magnificent vista view.
We are so grateful to Napa Valley Wine Academy for helping us to find our passion for wines. We would like to personally thank their amazing instructors and support staff, including Catherine Bugue, Jean Cox, Gus Zhu, Amy Oggenfuss, Carina Dimarcellis, and Regina LaConti.